Nanook of the North

1922 NR 1h 19m DVD

Nanook of the North

1922 NR 1h 19m DVD
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In what's considered the first documentary ever made, director Robert Flaherty's landmark film grippingly chronicles the often-brutal relationship between humans and nature's unforgiving elements. Over the course of a year, the movie's subjects -- Inuit Nanook and his family -- must hunt, fish and build an igloo to survive in the pristine but inhospitable environs of Canada's frigid Hudson Bay region.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Nanook of the North is a 1922 documentary -- considered by many to be the first -- and is a culturally sensitive chronicle of an Inuit family's struggles to survive in harsh Arctic conditions. As such, there are many scenes where Nanook and other hunters are shown killing animals like seals, foxes, walruses, and fish. These killings may be too graphic for younger viewers, but for teens and adults interested in documentary films, it's is an essential masterpiece.

Sexual Content

Brief nonsexual nudity as Nanook and his family prepare for sleep in their igloo.


As a documentary about an Inuit leader's day-to-day existence in the early 20th century, this film includes scenes where seals, walruses, foxes, and fish are hunted, killed, skinned, and eaten. Nanook is also shown flailing at his sled dogs to stop them from fighting and misbehaving.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Despite the harsh and unforgiving climate and the difficulties Nanook and his family have in finding food and shelter, they are often shown smiling, laughing, and content with their difficult relationship with nature. The film reinforces the idea that other cultures have something to teach us.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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