Nanook of the North (U) + live accompaniment by The Shrine Synchrosystem

15:00 / The first anthropological film in cinema history, and a landmark in the documentary movement, part of Into the Wild - Silent Cinema and the Outback

4 May 2008
Cinema 1

£8.50 full price / £6 members & concs

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The first anthropological film in cinema history, and a landmark in the documentary movement, was directed by the explorer turned pioneer filmmaker Robert Flaherty.

Following a year in the life of Inuit hunter Nanook and his family in the icy terrain of Canada’s Hudson Bay region, Flaherty’s camera chronicles the community’s hunting, fishing and trading, and the harsh struggle against the austere landscape and the unforgiving elements.

Ironically, two years later, whilst cinema audiences and critics in Europe and America were praising the film, warming to Nanook’s smiling face, and appreciating this insight into a hitherto unseen world, Nanook had died of starvation.

Accompanied by The Shrine Synchrosystem featuring Max Reinhardt, DJ Rita Ray, world music kora master Tunde Jegede and Ben Mandelson on guitars.

US 1922 Dir. Robert Flaherty 79 min.

The screening is preceded by an introduction by Melanie McGrath, author of The Long Exile: A True Story of Deception and Survival Amongst The Inuit of The Canadian Arctic, telling the chilling story of what happened after the film with the death of Nanook and the story of the illegitimate son of Robert Flaherty, who having grown up Inuit, was forcibly resettled in 1953 to what was falsely described an Arctic Eden.

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