[Videonews] New Release! Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny

McGinty Dylan (D.McGinty@nfb.ca)
Thu, 6 Sep 2007 19:01:51 -0400

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What's so funny about white people, otherwise known as Qallunaat to the
Inuit? Well, among other curious behaviors, Qallunaat ritualistically
greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily
functions, complain a lot about being cold, and seem to want to dominate
the world. This hilarious yet profound new film is a fresh and long
overdue "study" of Qallunaat from the Inuit point of view.=20

*** Golden Sheaf Award for Best Aboriginal Film, Yorkton Film Festival

Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny

Directed by Mark Sandiford

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This docucomedy is a collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and
Inuit writer and satirist, Zebedee Nungak. In its use of archival clips
the film pokes as much fun at the history of documentary film as it does
at white culture. At least as early as the classic 1922 feature "Nanook
of the North," white society has been fascinated with native subjects,
studying them as exotic specimens, documenting their cultural and social
behaviors. Why White People Are Funny brings the documentary form to an
unexpected place. Those who were holding the mirror up to Inuit culture
finally have it turned back on themselves. The result is not always
pretty, but it sure is amusing.=20

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Not surprisingly, these "Qallunologists" find the ways of white culture
a bit peculiar. Consider their odd dating habits, lame attempts at
arctic exploration, their overbearing bureaucrats, need for Police, and
curious obsession with owning property. Why White People Are Funny is a
humbling portrait of what it must feel like to be the object of the
white man's gaze. Fresh and original, this documentary has that rare
ability to educate with wit.

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What's so funny about white = people,=20 otherwise known as Qallunaat to the Inuit? Well, among other curious = behaviors,=20 Qallunaat ritualistically greet each other with inane salutations, = repress=20 natural bodily functions, complain a lot about being cold, and seem to = want to=20 dominate the world. This hilarious yet = profound=20 new film is a fresh = and long=20 overdue "study" of Qallunaat from the Inuit point of view.=20

***=20 Golden Sheaf Award for Best Aboriginal Film, Yorkton Film=20 Festival

Qallunaat! Why=20 White People Are Funny

Directed by Mark=20 Sandiford

 

This docucomedy is a = collaboration=20 between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist, Zebedee = Nungak.=20 In its use of = archival=20 clips the film pokes as much fun = at the=20 history of documentary film as = it does=20 at white = cultureAt least as early as the classic 1922 = feature=20 "Nanook of the North," white society has been fascinated with native = subjects,=20 studying them as exotic specimens, documenting their cultural and social = behaviors. Why White People = Are=20 Funny brings the documentary form to an unexpected = place.=20 Those who were = holding the=20 mirror up to Inuit culture finally have it turned back on themselves. = The result=20 is not always pretty, but it sure is amusing.

 

Not surprisingly, these = "Qallunologists"=20 find the ways of white culture a bit peculiar. Consider their odd dating = habits,=20 lame attempts at arctic exploration, their overbearing bureaucrats, need = for=20 Police, and curious obsession with owning property. Why White People Are Funny is a = humbling=20 portrait of what it must feel like to be the object of the white man's = gaze.=20 Fresh and original, this documentary has that rare ability to educate = with=20 wit.

 

CLICK=20 HERE TO READ FULL DESCRIPTION!

 

CLICK=20 HERE TO VISIT OUR iSTORE!

 

Dylan Maddox McGinty
U.S.=20 Sales Manager

 

National Film Board of = Canada
1123 Broadway, Suite=20 307
New=20 York, NY 10010

 

Tel 212 629 8890
Fax 212 629 = 8502
Mob 347 873=20 5160
Eml d.mcginty@nfb.ca

 

 

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