Nanook of the North (1922)

Directed by Robert Flaherty

This pioneering documentary film depicts the lives of the indigenous Inuit people of Canada's northern Quebec region. Although the production contains some fictional elements, it vividly shows how its resourceful subjects survive in such a harsh climate, revealing how they construct their igloo homes and find food by hunting and fishing. The film also captures the beautiful, if unforgiving, frozen landscape of the Great White North, far removed from conventional civilization.

A bewitching, if factually compromised, ethnographic document. A multicultural one as well, perhaps, given the society safely hidden behind the camera — a society according to Dean W. Duncan was both "witness to and a harbinger of [Inuit] obliteration".