Man of Aran - Robert Flaherty
Man of Aran (1934) is a fictional documentary (ethnofiction) by Robert J. Flaherty about life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. It portrays characters living in premodern conditions, documenting their daily routines such as fishing off high cliffs, farming potatoes where there is little soil, and hunting for huge basking sharks to get liver oil for lamps.
Some situations are fabricated, such as one scene in which the shark fishermen are almost lost at sea in a sudden gale. Additionally, the family members shown are not actually related, having been chosen from among the islanders for their photogenic qualities.
Man of Aran won the Venice Festival in 1934. It´s considered a classic of etnographic documentary and documentary film in general