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Film Quarterly (1972) - Grierson on Documentary: The Last Interview




John Grierson, son of a Scottish minister, was the prophet of an idea which was breath-taking in a day when no one used film for anything except entertainment : he proposed that it should be poetry and that it should address itself to the actual social problems and possibilities of modern industrial society. [...] in a social revolution like the social revolution of India, you've got teachers all over the place, teaching sanitation, teaching health, teaching progressive agriculture of one kind or another, teaching community development in various ways.