Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed

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Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed
Directed by Donald Brittain
Produced by Donald Brittain
Marin Canell
Written by Donald Brittain
Ronald Blumer
John T. Random
Narrated by Donald Brittain
Cinematography Douglas Kiefer
Barry Perles
Edited by Richard Todd
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • 1979 (1979)
Running time
58 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed is a 1979 documentary film critiquing bureaucracy, written and directed by Donald Brittain and produced by the National Film Board of Canada and CBC-TV.

Genie Awards[edit]

Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed won four awards at the 1st Genie Awards and was nominated for two more. This was despite the fact that the NFB did not submit the film to the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, with Brittain paying the entry fee and shipping charges himself.[1]

2007 International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam[edit]

Every year, the IDFA gives an acclaimed filmmaker the chance to screen his or her personal Top 10 favorite films. In 2007, Iranian filmmaker Maziar Bahari selected Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed for his top ten classics from the history of documentary.[2]


  1. ^ Nolan, Brian. "Chapter 22 - Quints and Bureaucrats". Donald Brittain - Man of Film. DigiWire. 
  2. ^ NFB press release

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