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.