An animation movie based on one of the most beloved myths of Greenland.
Kaassassuk - The orphan is a Greenlandic animation movie. The children from the orphanage in Uummannaq made the movie together with Perlefilm in the winter and summer 2016. The movie is a 20 min. stop-motion film based on the Greenlandic folktale and myth by the same name. The movie is directed by award winning animation director Rikke Hallund and produced by Perlefilm ©.
The animation movie is produced and facilitated at the Children’s Home in Uummannaq, Greenland in a unique collaboration with the children. The children from the orphanage have participated in all aspects of the creative and artistic processes such as music, singing, animation, characters and background designs. The soundtrack also includes Original Inuit throat singing and drumming from northern Greenland.
The animation movie is made entirely with authentic Greenlandic materials from the orphanage and Ann Andreasen’s unique private collection of traditional Greenlandic arts and crafts e.g. pearls, claws from polar bears, furs from ox and seals, tupilak, rocks, paintings, designs and even ice all mixed with the children’s own drawings and illustrations.
In Kaassassuk – The Orphan we follow Kaassassuk from his birth and later outcast till he grow up as a fearless hunter. As a child Kaassassuk is unwanted by the hunters in the village. His foster family – an old wise woman and an elderly man tell Kaassassuk that he must go and meet the Great Spirit, hence only the Great Spirit can give him strength to become a great hunter. Kaassassuk returns after a long journey to the village with new great powers. But it is up to Kaassassuk to determine how to use the strength and power – will he seek revenge?
Narrator: Karina Møller
Director: Rikke Hallund
Producers: Claus Johnsen, Perlefilm & Ann Andreassen, UPI
Kaassassuk Theme; Heidinnguaq Jensen
Navarana K’avigak, traditional Greenlandic drums and song
Mira Hilli Møller Hallund, composer
Guy Davies, end theme. Guy Davis' theme appears courtesy of www.guydavis.com, Smokeydoke Records, and Thom Wolke Management. Copyright 2015. Publishing administered by Records On the Wall.
A very special thanks to all the children who helped us animate and draw the characters and illustrations, for their music and for making sound effects and speak.
Kaassassuk in the medias