ABOUT THE PROJECT

Arctic Spleen is a self-funded project.

  • it's a Book
  • it's a Documentary
  • it's a Short multimedia

A comprehensive work that offers a different social perspective over the 3.000 Inuits community on the east coast of Greenland. One of the currently lesser known societies, discovered and rescued by sure extinction only in 1894.

Since 2009 I have been photographing and filming in east Greenland trying to paint the social, cultural and environmental landscape of the region and its community, focusing on the phenomenon that has earned this place an enviable record.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN EAST GREENLAND

Arctic Spleen is a personal intimate journey inside the Greenlandic juvenile world where nature, violence, boredom and a strong cultural legacy have been claiming for decades the highest and saddest "toll". That of hundreds of young lives.

In east Greenland twenty percent of youths aged between 15 and 25 try to end their lives every year. Two percent of them succeed.

It's the highest juvenile suicide rate in the world.


A mirror on the fears of a huge part of young Greenlanders inclined to commit suicide.
A delicate exploration of the subtle and intimate war many young people fight against violence, boredom and emptiness, a struggle that has always been the “raison d’etre” of young generations, the difference being that in east Greenland many of them lose that battle.

Suicide here is experienced differently from the rest of the world. It's not perceived as the ultimate desperate act of a single person but considered an exit strategy deeply ingrained in the local culture. It was the ancient manner of solving problems, distortedly handed down over generations.

"This work immediately transformed into an intimate experience, a story of friends.

I wanted to follow my instincts, letting myself be guided by the deep empathy established with these people. In an instinctive, intimate, respectful and not bulky manner.

Everything was done by me alone, without any crew, experiencing the everyday using a small videocamera as an extension of my feelings to record what I observed, heard and felt."

Piergiorgio Casotti


“If the populations of mainland Canada, Denmark or the United States had suicide rates comparable to those of their Inuit populations, national emergencies would be declared.”

Upaluk Poppel, Inuit Circumpolar Youth Council


It was with all my questions and wonderings that I found myself flying as a modern pioneer about to discover one of the last unexplored lands. I was flying to Kulusuk, the only port of entry of East Greenland. A couple of hours after landing a helicopter would take me to my destination, the town of Tasiilaq, the capital of East Greenland, the last part discovered only in 1894.
When one arrives in Greenland it's like crossing an imaginary line. A boundary that marks the end of our world and the beginning of a parallel universe. And suddenly come this line, unexpected, impressive, charming and scary alltogether.


Binding: Hardback
Size: 17x22 cm
Pages: 168
Pictures: 136 Black_White
Paper: Munken Lynx 150gr
Printing: Duotone Offset
Language: English + Italian
Book project: 3/3
First edition: 2013
ISBN: 978-88-908695-0-1

Regular 37 € The book

Signed + Numbered 60 € Signed, Numbered + 20cm print

Limited edition 175 €

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“It's nature having a merciless grip on life. It takes possession of rationality and gives a meaning to daily life”


LONG DOCUMENTARY - Duration 60 minutes approx

A delicate exploration of the subtle and intimate war many young people fight against violence, boredom and emptiness, a struggle that has always been the “raison d’etre” of young generations, the difference being that in east Greenland many of them lose that battle.


RELEASED!

Premiere @ Trieste Film Festival 2014
Jan 21 2014

SHORT DOCUMENTARY - Duration 14.27 minutes

BUY DVD BOX

  • 15 min documentary | Black & White | 16:9
  • 14 min extra video feature
  • 20 pages hand-made photo booklet (12x18 cm)
LANGUAGE: English
SUBTITLES: English / Italiano / Espanol

Awards

New York Photo Festival Invitational (2012)
Adana Short Film Festival (2012)
Skepto Film Festival (2012)
PDN Photo Annual (2011)
Collecchio Film Festival (2011)
19th Ozu Film Festival (2011)

Los Angeles Times - Best of the web

Film Festival Official Selection

2nd Globians DOC Film Festival
18th Visioni Italiane Film Festival
DOCinTOUR (2012)
18th Regensburg Short Film Festival (2012)
14th Cinemambiente Film Festival
12th Rai International Film Festival
Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival 2011
Okanagan Film Festival 2011
Etnodramma Film Festival 2011


“This part, eastern part, was only discovered in 1894.
When they came they found just 50 people living here.”