Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny

This documentary pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have been treated as “exotic” documentary subjects by turning the lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people). The term refers less to skin colour than to a certain state of mind: Qallunaat greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain about being cold, and want to dominate the world. Their odd dating habits, unsuccessful attempts at Arctic exploration, overbearing bureaucrats and police, and obsession with owning property are curious indeed.

A collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist Zebedee Nungak, Qallunaat! brings the documentary form to an unexpected place in which oppression, history, and comedy collide.

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Film Credits

writer
Mark Sandiford
director
Mark Sandiford
producer
Mark Sandiford
Kent Martin
director of photography
Gary Elmer
production sound
David Poisey
editor
Christopher Cooper
content consultant
Zebedee Nungak
original music composer
Asif Illyas
researcher
Elizabeth Klinck
re-recording mixer
Brian Power
foley artist
Ken MacCaull

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