In Greenland’s small isolated communities, people depend on each other to survive. But how do you judge and punish a criminal when you can’t afford to do without him? Every individual is invaluable, and a ‘wrong-doer’ cannot be simply expelled or locked up.
I was interested to find out what a community in which tolerance was a matter of survival could teach us about justice.
The film reveals an extraordinary cycle of violence within one family, a woman who has murdered her husband coming to understand her father who had murdered her mother. The Greenlanders reveal themselves in an extremely intimate and honest way. Through their testimony, I hope that ‘Arctic Crime & Punishment’ offers the audience the possibility of empathising not with ‘criminals’ but with people who have made mistakes, mistakes that are all too easily made.