• Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
  • Time:
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Branch: Sooke
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Join us in the Sooke Library Multipurpose Room for a screening and discussion of the documentary film, Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny.

Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny (2006), 52 mins

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.

Director/Writer: Mark Sandiford and Zebedee Nungak

Thank you to the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) for providing the film.

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