197357 min 50 secFilm: Documentary


Direction: Roger Blais

Production: Roger BlaisDavid Bairstow

Script: Donald Brittain

This feature film is a portrait of John Grierson, the first Canadian Government Film Commissioner and founder of the National Film Board in 1939. Interweaving archival footage, interviews with people who knew him and footage of Grierson himself, this film is a sensitive and informative portrait of a dynamic man of vision.

Grierson believed 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."

Subject categories

  • Film and Video Arts > DocumentaryNational Film Board of CanadaPortraits
  • History and Citizenship Education > Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
  • Media Education > Documentary FilmFilm and Video Production
  • Technology Education > Society and Technology


Roger Blais
Roger Blais
executive producer
David Bairstow
Donald Brittain
Eugene Boyko
Lewis McLeod
Michel Thomas-d'Hoste
Magi Torruella
Jacques Fogel
animation camera
Raymond Dumas
Bev Davidson
Colin Charles
Gildas LeSausse
Ron Seltzer
Hans Oomes
Les Halman
John Kramer
Annick de Bellefeuille
sound editing
Bernard Bordeleau
André Galbrand
Jean-Pierre Joutel
Michael Kane
James Beveridge


  • Winner - Category: PersonalityGolden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
  • Bronze Reel Award for Third Best Film Among all EnteredGolden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
  • Etrog for Best DocumentaryGenie Awards
  • Best Profile DocumentaireFestival of World Television
  • Diploma of MeritInternational Film Festival
  • Robert Flaherty AwardBAFTA / British Academy Film Awards