Angus Gannagé: Seeking financial and emotional backers
Greenland is a country of just over 55,000 people. A population that couldn’t fill Wembley Stadium, living on the largest island in the world. Despite having less than half the year to play outdoors, a national team that FIFA refuses to recognise, and a national championship that lasts just one week every summer, football is at the heart of every town across this ice strewn country. But while Greenlandic people are fighting to play the sport they love, the world around them is changing. With traditional livelihoods and Inuit culture under threat, people must battle ever changing elements through long, dark, arctic winters, and adapt to the impact climate change has had on their way of life. Playing On The Edge follows a small community in Northern Greenland who look to the sun and football for hope. Living with people who were born and raised in the town, we see how people’s lives are beginning to change irreversibly. As the ice melts around them, this is a story about a country’s unlikely national sport and the people it brings together.
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