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Moana with Sound

United States, 1980
  • Samoan
  • English


Originally released in 1926, this landmark in documentary filmmaking was restored by the Flahertys’ daughter Monica in 1980. Monica Flaherty traveled back to the island of Savai’i with documentarian Richard Leacock to create a new soundtrack of authentic recordings of the sounds of the island.

Our take

We were charmed by Disney’s Moana, but our favorite remains Robert Flaherty’s documentary classic and its humane curiosity. This newly restored version also features a remarkable soundtrack by the director’s daughter, further enriching the partly-staged, partly-documented complexity of the film.

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