Synopsis

1922. Years before documentary film affirmed itself as a mode of expression, Robert Flaherty directed this pioneering work which follows the daily lives of Nanook and his Inuit family, after living and researching for six years in northern Canada. Captured by Flaherty’s camera, the family hunts, fishes, builds an igloo and seems to go about their activities amid the extreme conditions of the Arctic. Between staging habits and his attention to the small glimpses of life, the filmmaker, risking a certain exoticization, turns a fascinated gaze at the Inuit people as he presents them in their daily routine. In 2022, the film completes 100 years of existence, considered by many as a precursor of ethnographic documentaries and one of the most influential and talked about films in the history of cinema. (G. B.)

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Director

Robert Flaherty

American filmmaker Robert Flaherty (1884-1951) became known as one of the pioneers of documentary cinema. Starting out as a "cartographic explorer", after the release of his first feature film, "Nanook of The North" (1922), the director developed a prominent and highly influential career for film studies, responsible for films such as "Moana" (1926), "Man of Aran" (1934), and "Louisiana Story" (1948).

Credits

Producers

Robert Flaherty

Writers

Frances H. Flaherty, Robert Flaherty

Cast

Allakariallak (Ator Principal - Allakariallak), Nyla (Atriz Principal - Nyla), Alleego (Ator Principal - Alleego), Cunayou (Ator Principal - Cunayou)

Editor

Robert Flaherty