(pronounced Aaron) – both allmovie.com and imdb.com call this a documentary, but that’s a bit iffy. it’s real footage of real people, but the action is sorta directed and the people aren’t portrayed as they are in real life – the three main characters are supposed to be related, but aren’t really. it’s more of a documentary than “kids,” which is a feature film that is shot like a documentary and most of the actors weren’t doing much acting – rather they were sort of just playing themselves. maybe it’s a documentary like koyaanisqatsi (or man with a movie camera) is a documentary – things are distorted or shaped by the director, but it’s still real life; tough to say. enough of that though, on to the review. the photography is much better in this film than it was in flaherty’s first (nanook of the north, which i also own). the black and white images are much sharper and the cinematography is far more advanced. nanook of the north was sort of an accident film for flaherty – he was in northern canada on some sort of expedition and sort of fell into being a filmmaker. at any rate, this film is a definite step up (in a technical sense) from nanook of the north. he uses montage, at least a couple different cameras, and has gotten even better at editing, making this film truly good – especially for its time (1934). i mentioned a few reviews ago that ‘triumph of the will’ was hardly impressing, even when taking into account the year of release. here’s a film that proves my point – it was released in the same year, it’s also a documentary (mostly), and it’s probably ten to eleven times better than ‘triumph of the will.’ .