Each week, we feature items from our collections which correspond to a theme chosen by our staff! To see the complete collection, follow us on Instagram @PrattSpecialCollections!
For the next two weeks, we'll be featuring films which focus on indigenous peoples, in honor of Native American Heritage and Indigenous Peoples' Month.
In 1924, documentary film pioneers Robert and Frances Flaherty and family traveled to the Samoan island of Savaii to record the native life and make a film that would try to match the success of Nanook of the North.
Restored in 2K with native sounds and traditional songs that Flaherty's daughter recorded over a half-century after they shot it, Monica Flaherty's Moana is a beautiful work of docu-fiction and an important piece of film history.
The story of an Eskimo family pitting their strength against the vast and inhospitable Arctic. Their struggle for survival is juxtaposed with the human warmth of the little family. Generally regarded as the work from which all subsequent efforts to bring real life to the screen have stemmed.