Nanook of the North

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

Excellent early documentary has some hunting violence.

NR 1922 79 minutes

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age 12+

Groundbreaking documentary with a multitude of inaccuracies

An awkward silent documentary film. At first the scenes come off as a bit hokey and borderline racist, then you realize a lot of them were staged for dramatic effect. It is a shame that our desire to continue the idea of the noble savage and the sentimentalization of indigenous people seemed to hit a chord and was popularized with this film. Still, a groundbreaking documentary.
age 6+

Great addition to study of Inuit people and great film overall

My daughter is building a small igloo in first grade (in a shoebox). Watching this film was an incredible way for her to learn about the people who lived in igloos. After watching the film, she went straight into the living room and created an igloo fort out of blankets, complete with a part for the sled dog puppies and a pot over an oil lamp for melting snow. She also wanted raw seal meat for dinner. Yes, they do see animals hunted and eaten, but that is natural and it is a good topic for conversation about how these people respected the animals and used all of them. The film also shows how this family played, traveled by sled and kayak, ate, built an igloo, slept, dressed, and cared for their children. We both loved the film.

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