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Through These Eyes

2004 55 min
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An American elementary school program from the 1970s, Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), looked to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic to help students see their own society in a new way. At its core was The Netsilik Film Series, an acclaimed benchmark of visual anthropology from the National Film Board that captured a year in the life of an Inuit family, reconstructing an ancient culture on the cusp of contact with the outside world. But the graphic images of the Netsilik people created a clash of values that tore rifts in communities across the U.S. and revealed a …

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An American elementary school program from the 1970s, Man: A Course of Study (MACOS), looked to the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic to help students see their own society in a new way. At its core was The Netsilik Film Series, an acclaimed benchmark of visual anthropology from the National Film Board that captured a year in the life of an Inuit family, reconstructing an ancient culture on the cusp of contact with the outside world. But the graphic images of the Netsilik people created a clash of values that tore rifts in communities across the U.S. and revealed a fragile relationship between politics and education. A fiery national debate ensued between academic and conservative forces.

Through These Eyes looks back at the high stakes of this controversial curriculum. Decades later, as American influence continues to affect cultures worldwide, the story of MACOS resonates strongly.
  • writer
    Charles Laird
  • director
    Charles Laird
  • producer
    Bonnie Thompson
  • editor
    Paul Mortimer
  • cinematographer
    Martin Duckworth
  • original music
    Emre Unal
    Kathy Shane
  • location sound
    Yves St-Jean
    Terry Woolf
    Tami Coleman
    Steve Corbiere
  • video post-production
    White Iron Digital Studios
  • online editor
    Howard Wirth
  • colourist
    Jeff August
  • visual effects
    Kevin Dryden
    Karen McKinnon
  • graphic design
    Kevin Dryden
    Karen McKinnon
  • audio post-production
    Twisted Pair Sound Ltd.
  • supervising sound editor
    Patrick Butler
  • sound design
    Sway Music Company
  • musician
    Jasmine Poon
    Ben Harries
    Andy Erickson
    Arnold Choi
    Emre Unal
    Kathy Shane
  • post-production supervisor
    Kelly Isaac
    Paul Mortimer
  • researcher
    Karen A. Wyatt
    Sarah Hurford
  • transcription
    Bridget Toms
    Jennifer Tilden
  • interpreter
    Chris Amautinuar
    Eric Amautinuar
  • community liaison
    Vincent Ningark
  • production assistant
    Claudette Breton
    Faye Yoneda
  • studio clerk
    Ginette D'Silva
  • production supervisor
    Kelly Isaac
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea

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