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John Grierson, father of the documentary film

Grierson’s emphasis on realism had a profound long-term influence on Canadian film. “Art is not a mirror,” he said, “but a hammer. It is a weapon in our hands to see and say what is good and right and beautiful.”

John Grierson, considered the father of the documentary film, was the first Commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and wrote the bill that went before Parliament creating the then National Film Commission in 1939.

By 1939, when he arrived in Canada, Grierson was a well-known filmmaker and considered the founder of the British documentary movement. It was John Grierson who coined the phrase ‘the documentary film.’

The French had been using the word documentary to describe travel or exploratory films. Grierson said, “Documentary is the creative interpretation of actuality.”

Prime Minister Mackenzie King was in favour of developing Canadian film and supported the founding of this new board and the invitation to bring Grierson to Canada.

The National Film Board of Canada was born.

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100th Anniversary of the Battle of George Square

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Battle of George Square, Glasgow

The “Battle of George Square” was a confrontation in Glasgow, in which the Glasgow City Police sought to violently suppress striking Glasgow workers, centred around George Square. The confrontation, also known as “Bloody Friday”, took place on Friday, January 31, 1919, 82 days after the end of the First World War. Continue reading

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Glasgow flies Palestinian flag

Scotland’s Glasgow City Council has raised the Palestinian flag over the city chambers in a move to express its solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip. 

Palestinian flag flies over Glasgow City Council to show solidarity with the people of Palestine on August 8, 2014.

Palestinian flag flies over Glasgow City Council to show solidarity with the people of Palestine on August 8, 2014.

Sadie Docherty, Lord Provost or civic head of Scotland’s largest city, said Friday that the flag is an expression of solidarity with Palestinians. Docherty wrote a letter to Vera Baboun, the mayor of Bethlehem in Palestine’s West Bank, to inform her of this mark of support. Docherty also offered her “heartfelt sympathy” to the residents in Gaza and said people of Glasgow “are united by a common desire to support the Palestinian people. I would like to convey my most sincere condolences to the many in your city and throughout Palestine who have been affected by this conflict.” Residents of Glasgow welcomed the move, saying on their Twitter accounts that the city made them “proud to be Glaswegian.” Fife Council has also announced its plans to fly the Palestinian flag over Fife House in Glenrothes for a week in protest at the suffering of Gazans. The support for Palestinians came on the same day as Israel resumed its military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip after the expiry of a 72-hour truce between Tel Aviv and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas. About 1,900 Palestinians, including more than 400 children, have been killed and over 9,500 others wounded since the Israeli military first launched its brutal military aggression against Gaza on July 8. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on Thursday 18 September 2014. (With a file from PressTV)

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