Robert Flaherty

is long considered to be the father of documentary film, Robert J. Flaherty made five major films, NANOOK OF THE NORTH (1922), MOANA (1926), MAN OF ARAN (1934), ELEPHANT BOY (1937) and LOUISIANA STORY (1948). His films are unmatched in the entire history of cinema and remain seen and loved by peoples all over the world. He considered MOANA the most accomplished of all his films.

Monica Flaherty

is the youngest daughter of Robert and Frances Flaherty, Monica Flaherty (1920-2008) began a lifetime of travel and learning when, on her third birthday, she landed in Samoa where her mother and father began work on MOANA. She was schooled in England, was a pilot during WWII, worked at Fortune Magazine and Betty Parsons Art Gallery in New York, and lived in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. She spent the last 38 years of her life devoted to the Flaherty Study Center located on her parents’ farm in Dummerston, Vermont.

Moana With Sound (6+)

USA, 1926, b/w, 98 min.
Directors: Robert Flaherty , Monica Flaherty
Film curator Bruce Posner and filmmaker Sami van Ingen, great-grandson of filmmakers Robert J. Flaherty and Frances Hubbard Flaherty collaborated with the world’s most prestigious film archives and film labs to digitally restore a unique 35mm nitrate print of the classic MOANA (1926) as part of the larger preservation effort to complete Monica Flaherty’s forty-year effort to realize an authentic synchronized sound version known since 1980 as MOANA WITH SOUND.