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.
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.
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.
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