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The World’s First Documentary: Nanook of the North

The World’s First Documentary: Nanook of the North

The World’s First Documentary Nanook of the North (1922)

Nanook of the North is a 1922 silent documentary film by Robert J. Flaherty. In the tradition of what would later be called salvage ethnography, Flaherty captured the struggles of the Inuk Nanook and his family in the Canadian Arctic. Wikipedia
Initial release: 1922
Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Cinematography: Robert J. Flaherty
Sequel: Kabloonak
Initial DVD release: January 26, 1999
Cast: Allakariallak, Cunayou, Nyla

poster for 1922 documentary Nanook of the North

The first documentary was financed by fur traders Revillon Freres

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