Nanook of the North
Nanook of the North is a 1922 American silent film which combines elements of documentary and docudrama, at a time when the concept of separating films into documentary and drama did not yet exist. In the tradition of what would later be called salvage ethnography, the film follows the struggles of the Inuk man named Nanook and his family in the Canadian Arctic. It is written and directed by Robert J. Flaherty, who also served as cinematographer, editor, and producer.
The documentary follows the lives of an Inuk, Nanook, and his family as they travel, search for food, and trade in the Ungava Peninsula of northern Quebec, Canada. Nanook, his wife Nyla and their family are introduced as fearless heroes who endure rigors no other race could survive. The audience sees Nanook, often with his family, hunt a walrus, build an igloo, go about his day, and perform other tasks.
|author||Frances H. Flaherty Robert J. Flaherty|
|director||Robert J. Flaherty|
|editor||Charles Gelb Robert J. Flaherty|
|keywords||inuk quebec ungava peninsula walrus|
|producer||Robert J. Flaherty|
|theme||docudrama docufiction documentary ethnofiction silent|