Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, were Ole Jorgen Hammeken — an indigenous Greenlandic Inuit polar explorer, social worker, and actor — and French filmmaker Marc Buriot, who was executive producer of the award-winning film, Inuk, in which Hammeken stars. The story of Inuk is loosely based on the work Hammeken and his wife, Ann Andreasen, have done at their internationally-acclaimed home for disadvantaged children in Greenland. Hanneken uses dogsledding as therapy in working with troubled Greenlandic youth. We discuss the making of the film and the issues it raises about Greenland and its indigenous people — and the inevitable conflicts between their historic traditions and contemporary culture. Go to this post to listen to the full interview.

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