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."

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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


  • Chapula

    “This wonderful documentary brought me back to my early years at university where I had become a member of a film society and was very much influenced by these first films of the NFB and am so delighted to return to them after seeing this Roger Blais.” — Chapula, 18 Jan 2012

  • gngcreative

    “I watched "This Wonderful World" avidly on Scottish television when I was a child, but had never known the breadth or depth of John Grierson beyond the little television screen where he kept me enthralled, week after week, with fascinating glimpses at the rest of the world. The famous clip of ibex leaping to safety from cliff to cliff is one I have never forgotten, and I was pleased, if not entirely surprised, that it gets an explicit mention in this documentary, itself a fitting tribute to the originator of the documentary.” — gngcreative, 12 Dec 2011

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