Support documentary by declaring it Canada’s National art form!

Nanook of the North, dir. Robert Flaherty (1922). Courtesy TIFF Film Reference Library.

The Documentary Organization of Canada needs your help calling on the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, to declare documentary as Canada’s National Art Form.

From their petition website: “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 with award-winning crowd-pleasers such as If You Love This Planet, The Corporation and Up the Yangtze 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. As Jazz is to America, so Documentary is to Canada.”

Sign the petition and send it to your friends and colleagues!

This discussion all started with Kevin McMahon’s rousing editorial, “The case for making the documentary Canada’s national art form,” in the May 4th, 2012 edition of the National Post.

POV has since published three articles in an ongoing series that expands on this conversation, and you can read them below.

Rudy Buttingol, Is Documentary Our National Art?
Peter Wintonick, The DocMedia Manifesto
Kevin McMahon & Marc Glassman, The New Debate