Qallunaat; Why White People are Funny

 

 

A humbling portrait of what it must feel like to be the subject of the white man’s gaze. - Cinema Politica

 

 

Winner of the Gemini Canada Award

 

Atlantic Film Festival

 

Golden Sheaf Award

 

 

What's so funny about white people, otherwise known as Qallunaat to the Inuit? Well, among other curious behaviours, Qallunaat ritualistically greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain a lot about being cold, and seem to want to dominate the world.This docucomedy is collaboration between filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer and satirist, Zebedee Nungak. Zebedee is CEO and head researcher of the mythical Qallunaat Studies Institute (QSI). According to Nungak, "Qallunaat ought to be the object of some kind of study by other cultures. The more I thought about the way they have studied us over the years it occured to me, why don't we study them?"  

 

Directed and Written by: Mark Sandiford

Collaborating Director: Zebedee Nungak

Producer: Kent Martin, Mark Sandiford

Editor: Christopher Cooper

Cinematography: Gary Elmer

Music: Asif Illyas

 

 

Watch Film: https://www.nfb.ca/film/qallunaat_why_white_people_are_funny