Grierson: A Documentary About the Filmmaker Who Coined “Documentary” - Brain Pickings - Deepstash
Documentary: Origins

Scottish filmmaker John Grierson is known as the father of documentary films, and coined the term ‘documentary’ in 1926. He believed that cinema can add value by observing and documenting real life, and this capacity can be a new kind of art form.

He states in his own documentary that documentaries can be a powerful democratic tool and it is a social responsibility of a filmmaker to help society achieve its ideals of democracy.

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