Doc of the North

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Gen­er­ally con­sid­ered the first full-length doc­u­men­tary, 1922’s Nanook of the North was film­maker Robert J. Fla­herty’s in­ti­mate look at the lives of an Inuk war­rior and his fam­ily liv­ing in the Cana­dian Arc­tic.

Fla­herty ad­mit­tedly staged some scenes to give the film a nar­ra­tive struc­ture, or for lo­gis­ti­cal rea­sons, but the direc­tor’s at­ten­tion to de­tail and years of pre-pro­duc­tion re­search gave the film a ve­rac­ity that makes it an en­dur­ing and im­por­tant ethno- graphic doc­u­ment.


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