Nearly a century ago, folks were introduced to the life of an Inuit hunter via Robert J. Flaherty’s silent documentary Nanook of the North. A stark depiction of the harsh and relentless conditions Nanook and his clan had to endure in Northern Quebec, the film was hailed as groundbreaking for its raw and unflinching look at a foreign culture. Turns out, that “look” was oftentimes staged for the camera — from the hunting, to the igloos, even to Nanook’s real name. And although Nanook continues to stand as a piece of classic cinema, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader harpoon the myths that the original film perpetrated in the Documentary Now! episode, “Kunuk Uncovered”.
Check out Fred and Bill’s keen eye for detail and parody with the five ways “Kunuk Uncovered” is just like Nanook of the North.[brightcove video=”4464235470001″ og=”false”/]