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This fascinating documentary about the father of documentary film features archival footage, interviews with people who knew Grierson and footage of the man himself. All these elements give insight into one of the great forces who shaped the world of film.

Born in Scotland in 1898, Grierson was invited to Canada to study the government's use of film. As a result of his report he became the first Canadian Government Film Commissioner and founded the National Film Board in 1939.

Grierson believed strongly that the filmmaker had a social responsibility, and that film could help a society realize democratic ideals. His absolute faith in the value of capturing the drama of everyday life was to influence generations of filmmakers all over the world. In fact, he coined the term "documentary film."

This is a sensitive and informative portrait of a dynamic man of vision.

1973, 57 min 50 s

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Diploma of Merit
International Film Festival
June 7 to 22 1974, Melbourne - Australia

Robert Flaherty Award
BAFTA / British Academy of Film & Television Awards
March 1 1974, London - England

Bronze Reel Award for Third Best Film Among all Entered
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
October 17 to 28 1973, San Francisco - USA

Winner - Category: Personality
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
October 17 to 28 1973, San Francisco - USA

Etrog for Best Documentary
Genie Awards
October 8 to 12 1973, Montréal - Canada

Best Profile Documentaire
Festival of World Television
September 30 1973, Hollywood - USA