Documentary is a uniquely Canadian art form that deserves to be celebrated as part of our national heritage. The world’s first documentary, Nanook of the North, was made in 1922 near Inukjuak, Quebec. The term “documentary” was coined a few years later by John Grierson, who launched the National Film Board of Canada in 1939.
Since then, Canada has earned a global reputation for documentary excellence, award-winning films and hosting one of the world's leading documentary film festivals, Hot Docs. Documentary is a form of expression reflecting Canada's vibrant perspective that we can claim as our own, while sharing it with the world.
Congratulations to all DOC members with films in the 2013 edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival! Click here for a full list of members and their films.
Is documentary our national art? A personal response by an esteemed doc veteran. Read Rudy Buttignol's piece in Point of View Magazine and sign the petition!
The Docmedia Manifesto - A Call to Alms: A Call to Art. Read Peter Wintonick's manifesto in Point of View Magazine and sign the petition!
The new debate: Is the documentary our national art form?
Read the conversation between Kevin McMahon and Point of View Magazine's Marc Glassman and sign the petition!
The case for making the documentary Canada’s official art form
Read Kevin McMahon's piece in The May 4th, 2012 edition of the National Post and support documentary by signing our petition!
DOC submits its intervention to the CRTC concerning BCE's second proposal to acquire Astral assets. DOC once again expresses its concerns about the impact this transaction will have on Canadian documentary production.