Qallunaat – the Inuit word for white people, refers not so much to skin colour but to a state of mind .
In this documentary, Inuit peoples, who have had anthropological gaze cast upon them over many centuries, turn the tables and cast an anthropological-kinda lens and share their observations from their long history of encounters with peoples embodying the Qallunaat state of mind or worldview, or way of thinking, acting and being reveals them to be, well, more than a bit odd.
From NFB Canada Website…
“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.”