- 1 hr 43 min
Kabloonak is a heartwarming drama film from 1994 that tells the story of the Inuit people in Canada's Arctic region, and their interactions with an English explorer named Robert Flaherty. The movie stars Charles Dance as Flaherty, along with Adamie Quasiak Inukpuk and Seporah Q. Ungalaq as two Inuit characters, Kuanana and Ailla. Directed by Claude Massot, the film takes place in the early 1900s and is based on real events from Flaherty's life. The movie begins with Flaherty arriving in the Arctic region with his camera, eager to capture the beauty and mystery of the area. He is welcomed by Kuanana, who is initially wary of the outsider but quickly befriends him after Flaherty saves his life from a polar bear attack. Through their friendship, Flaherty learns about the Inuit way of life, their culture, and their hunting and survival techniques. As Flaherty begins to film the Inuit people, he realizes that he needs a "star" for his movie. He becomes fascinated with Ailla, a beautiful young Inuit woman who is also an expert hunter. Flaherty convinces Ailla to be in his film, and she reluctantly agrees, wanting to help her people by bringing attention to their way of life. However, as the filming goes on, Ailla starts to become uncomfortable with the attention and the way Flaherty depicts her culture. Meanwhile, Kuanana is struggling with the changes that Flaherty's presence is bringing to the community. Many Inuit people are skeptical of Flaherty's intentions and are worried about the impact that the film will have on their way of life. Kuanana, who is caught between his loyalty to his people and his friendship with Flaherty, must navigate these tensions and find a way to resolve them. As the film comes to a close, Flaherty finishes his work and prepares to leave the Arctic. However, he realizes that he has fallen in love with Ailla and wants to take her back to England with him. Ailla, who has grown tired of Flaherty's constant attention and objectification, rejects his offer and stays behind with her people. Kuanana, too, decides to stay in the Arctic and continue living his traditional way of life. Overall, Kabloonak is a touching and thought-provoking film that explores themes of cultural difference, the impact of media, and the struggle to balance tradition and modernity. With its stunning cinematography, authentic portrayal of Inuit life, and powerful performances by its cast, Kabloonak is a must-watch film that will leave audiences moved and inspired.