Twice Colonized

Cannes Docs

Twice Colonized

Original title: Twice Colonized

Directed by: Lin Alluna

Produced by: Emile Hertling Péronard (Ánorâk Film, Greenland & Denmark), Alethea Arnaquq-Baril (Red Marrow Media, Canada), Stacey Aglok MacDonald (Red Marrow Media, Canada) and Bob Moore (EyeSteelFilm, Canada)

Country of production: Greenland, Denmark, Canada

Runtime: 90', 60', 48'

Expected release: January, 2023

Production stage: Post production

Budget: €916,584 (90% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Sales agents, distributors, buyers, outreach, festivals


Renowned Inuit lawyer Aaju Peter fights to ensure Indigenous people a seat in European policy when her son suddenly dies by suicide and she embarks on a personal journey writing her story. At the same time she struggles to break free from an abusive relationship, but as tension builds, a key question arises: is it possible to change the world and yourself at the same time?

Director’s profile:

Lin expresses herself through international, character-driven documentaries. She aims to portray brave women who want to change themselves and the world, while cinematically exploring how to amplify their stories to an audience by challenging the limits of reality. From 2013-2017 she was admitted to the National Film School of Denmark as one of only six directors. Lin has been selected one of the new Nordic Talents by Nordic Film and Television, and is a Euroimage grantee as well as a IDFA Academy, UnionDocs, DFI Outreach and Circle Doc Accelerator lab fellow. Lin is chair member at the Danish Film Directors association and the film director’s representative adviser at the Danish Artists Council, as well as co-founder and spokesperson for Oplysningsgruppen (NGO for higher education of filmmakers in Denmark).

Producers’s profile:

Producers Emile Hertling Péronard and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril are both Inuit producers, but from opposite sides of the colonial borders that Denmark and Canada have imposed on their people. Emile produces authentic stories in a Greenlandic context for international audiences, while promoting Indigenous film content, as well as improving the general conditions for Indigenous filmmakers. Alethea is based in Iqaluit, the same town where Aaju lives, she has worked with Aaju on several projects, and has archive footage of Aaju going back around 15 years. Twice Colonized will be the first formal co-production between Inuit from Greenland and Canada. The collaborative aspects of Lins work methods with Aaju, Emile and Alethea is enabling us to come together as a team and tell this very important story from a unique, insider perspective.