Sumé - Mumisitsinerup Nipaa
(SUMÉ - The sound of a revolution)

Inuk Silis Høegh | greenland | 2014 | 73 MIN | DOCUMENTARY feature

Thursday 20 October 2016 | 4:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

As one of the most captivating – and rarely visited – nations on Earth, Greenland’s history is not widely known. Perhaps less known – at least to those outside its stunning borders – is the rock band Sumé and their remarkable impact on the formation of contemporary Greenlandic identity. As the first band to record in the Greenlandic language, the Indigenous group recorded three albums in the early 1970s filed with political anthems that stirred the spirit and pride of their fellow Greenlanders. Their songs were a rallying cry against two and a half centuries of Danish colonisation and remain a source of pride for Greenlanders today.
Sumé is an entertaining, enlightening documentary that explores the power of language and song in shaping the density of a nation. This landmark documentary is unlike anything you’ve seen. Sumé has been an international hit on the film festival circuit. It played imagineNATIVE in 2014 where it won two awards: The Jane Glassco Award for an Emerging Filmmaker and The Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for Emerging Talent.


Inuk Silis Høegh (Inuk) is a film director and artist, born in Qaqortoq, Greenland. He earned a Master of Arts in Film & TV Production from the University of Bristol in 1997 and a master of Fine Arts from the Royal Danish School of Visual Arts in 2010. Sumé has screened at film festivals internationally including the prestigious Berlinale.