The film sets an intimate exploration of their cases in the context of a hunter gatherer society whose notion of justice and punishment is extremely tolerant, but whose very way of life is collapsing in the face of 'progress'.

In principal, we cannot expel people, throw them out of society, here in Greenland. We need all the people we have, and we have to accept those that we have been given. In Europe you can afford to sweep people under the carpet.
— District Court Judge, Jens Keldsen .