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9th DMZ Docs(2017)

I AM DOCU



Man of Aran

Robert Flaherty

  • UK
  • 1934
  • 76min
  • DCP
  • black and white

Synopsis

The influential Documentary pioneer, Robert Flaherty, spent three years making this celebrated film. Life on the Aran islands in the 1930's was hard. Families were forced to fight against the elements for their livelihoods. It was the custom of the men to await the annual migration of basking sharks. If caught, they would provide a family with enough oil for a year, but to catch them meant setting sail in a flimsy boat. Could it perfect the fishermen against the pounding force of the ocean?

Review

<Man of Aran> is a fictional documentary film directed by Robert Flaherty about life on the barren Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. Just like his previous films, this classical film has brought about controversies over the definition of documentary film since its release. In this self-claimed documentary film, the three family members are not actually related, having been chosen from among the islanders to play the role of each family member. Additionally, the Aran Islanders have not hunted basking sharks using a harpoon for over four decades at the time the film was made. This way, the film mostly relies on re-enactment. Should a documentary film show life as it is? Or should it re-enact the moment of disappeared lives with the help of those who still remember that? In this film as well, Flaherty raises the very question he has constantly been asking in the boundary between documentary and fiction. [Cho Myoung-jin]

Director

  • Robert Flaherty

    Louisiana Story (1948)Moana (1926)Nanook of the North (1922)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerRaphaël Pillosio, Elena Tatti
  • Cinematography Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
  • Editor Mehran Tamadon, Marie-Hélène Dozo, Luc Forveille, Olivier Zuchuat
  • Sound Ali-Reza Karimnejad

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