Man of Aran

Man of Aran is a 1934 Irish fictional documentary (ethnofiction) film shot, written and directed by Robert J. Flaherty about life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. It portrays characters living in premodern conditions, documenting their daily routines such as fishing off high cliffs, farming potatoes where there is little soil, and hunting for huge basking sharks to get liver oil for lamps. Some situations are fabricated, such as one scene in which the shark fishermen are almost lost at sea in a sudden gale. Additionally, the family members shown are not actually related, having been chosen from among the islanders for their photogenic qualities.

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    contentLocation Republic of Ireland
    director Robert J. Flaherty
    editor John Goldman
    genre western
    musicBy John D. H. Greenwood
    producer Michael Balcon
    productionCompany Gainsborough Pictures
    publisher Gaumont-British
    theme documentary ethnofiction