The Anguish of Looking Back

Louise Friedberg's debut feature "The Experiment" (working title) shines a light on a dark chapter of Danish history. Denmark, today a small, relatively peaceful country with an international reputation as a climate-friendly nation of bicyclists, until 1953 was a colonial power wielding its might to commit state-sanctioned abuse against Greenlandic children.

In the late 1940s, Greenland was impoverished and ravaged by disease. During World War II, the Allies had exploited Greenland's strategic location in the mid-Atlantic, and now the United States and the UN were pressuring Denmark to whip Greenland into shape and transform it from an under