A Boatload of Wild Irishmen

A Boatload of Wild Irishmen

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Documentary on the "Father of the Documentary" - Robert Flaherty (Nanook of the North). More

"Robert Flaherty has been a controversial figure. The minute he chose to stage scenes in order to make a better film out of his Inuit project Nanook of the North, he was opening documentary’s Pandora’s Box. His later work in Samoa, the Aran Islands and Louisiana further explored such enduring topics of documentary ethics as ethnographic falsification, exploitation of one’s subjects and the perils of corporate sponsorship. This entertaining portrait of Flaherty shrewdly looks beyond standard polemical positions to present a complex view of the man and his work (shown in vivid excerpts). It addresses the controversies head on, augmenting testimony from Flaherty and his key collaborators with telling interviews with the people whose parents and grandparents he put onto the cinema screens of the world: Inuit, Samoans and, of obvious personal interest to the Irish filmmakers, the ‘wild men’ of Aran." (Source: NZ International Film Festival 2011)

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201084 minsUK, Ireland
Documentary
Director:
Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín ('An Charraig Stoite')

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