Pia Arke
Sumé – The Sound of a Revolution


with an introduction by director Inuk Silis Høegh


22 August 24, 9 pm

In Greenlandic and Danish with English subtitles

Venue: KW Courtyard

Tickets available online soon.



<p>Film Poster <em>Sumé – The Sound of a Revolution,</em> 2014. Courtesy Anorak Film.</p>
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Film Poster Sumé – The Sound of a Revolution, 2014. Courtesy Anorak Film.



The 1960s marked the beginning of a new paradigm in Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland). Recently relabeled a Danish county, Greenland’s existing cultural, social, and political structures faced extensive changes as part of the Danish government’s plan to modernize the country. While the local population was displaced and gathered in larger cities, traditional crafts such as hunting and fishing became industrialized, and huntsmen turned factory workers. Denmark invested heavily in a new infrastructure, which lead to the arrival of thousands of Danish construction workers, and the 1964 Birth Criterion, financially favoring these Danish-born workers, further enforced the imbalance between the Danish and Greenlandic people.


Sitting in the international revolutionary spirit of the 1970s and the growing protests within Greenland, the rock band Sumé was formed, being the first group to ever sing in Kalaallisut (Greenlandic). Meeting during their studies, the five members would perform from 1973–76 all over Greenland and release three albums. Their activist lyrics would soon become a long-awaited political spark carrying forth the hope for independence and helped pave the way for the Greenlandic Home Rule Act of 1979.


The documentary Sumé – The Sound of a Revolution (2014) tells the story of the band and centers on the band’s two front men—as well as the conflicting ambitions and political context that would eventually separate the band.


Sumé – The Sound of a Revolution is created by Inuk Silis Høegh and Emile Hertling Péronard and produced by Ánorâk Film in collaboration with Bullitt Film Aps and Jabfilm.


The screening happens in KW’s courtyard and is introduced by director Inuk Silis Høegh.



Inuk Silis Høegh got his M.A. in Film & TV Production at University of Bristol in 1997 and graduated from Royal Danish Art Academy in 2010 but had already etablished himself as a filmmaker and artist and in Greenland and Denmark. His shortfilms and documentaries has aired on TV and at festivals all around the globe. Inuk owns the creative company Ikuma Productions and co-owns the production company Anorak Film – anorakfilm.gl


Emile Hertling Péronard is an Oscar-nominated Greenlandic film producer based in Denmark with production company Ánorâk Film operating out of both Nuuk and Copenhagen. Working to build bridges between Europe and the Arctic through films, Emile focuses on documentaries and fiction projects. In 2020, he launched Greenland’s first production service company, Polarama Greenland, to advance the Greenlandic film industry and pave the way for more Greenlandic screen content. He is the Chair of Arctic Indigenous Film Fund, is on the Board of Directors at ARTEF – the Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film, and his films have screened at Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Sundance and more.