DOCUMENTARY

City Sonic

As the nexus of Canadian music, the city has been enriched by wave after wave of homegrown and international musicians. Its stages, streets and alleys resonate with the notorious jams, numbing heartaches, and lucky breaks that are the city’s musical DNA.

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Pet Pharm

These days our pets have it all—“pawdicures”, yoga classes, MRIs and…Prozac? Is the popularity of Big Pharma’s “pooch-me-up drugs” a sign of our heightened compassion, or evidence of an overindulgent society chasing its tail?

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Tar Sands: The Selling of Alberta

Washington lobbyists, Newfie pipefitters and Chinese Investors descend on tar-soaked “Fort McMoney”, a modern-day Eldorado, where rents are sky high and cocaine is rife. The stakes: a $100 billion energy bonanza and Canada’s economic sovereignty.

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Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope

More than one-third of all adults in Lesotho are HIV positive. A small group of health care workers struggle to distribute life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). However, if the pilot project collapses an ARV resistant strain of HIV/AIDS may develop. Lesotho is now the front-line of a global battle.

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Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey Of Romeo Dallaire

In 1994, an estimated 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in Rwanda. Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire was tasked by the UN with keeping that peace, but unsupported by the Security Council, his soldiers were unable to stop the genocide. In 2004, Dallaire revisits the killing fields that still haunt him.

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Bhopal: The Search For Justice

On December 2, 1984, the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India leaked poisonous gas that killed thousands. Beyond the initial horror, “Bhopal” has become a rallying cry for post 9/11 concerns about industrial security and pollution.

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Killer Cure

With the growing impotence of antibiotics, bacteriophages may be the best weapon left against infection. Killer Cure is the personal journey of desperate men and women at the intersection of hype, hope and heroics in search of a medical miracle.

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The World Stopped Watching

Much has changed since the 1987 Nicaraguan Revolution. The country is now replete with strip malls, prostitutes and MacDonald’s. Now, three journalists return to see what became of the first revolution to be conducted under the glare of the world media.

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Into the Light

Terrible eye diseases afflict much of the developing world. Into the Light documents the heroic work of volunteer ophthalmologists, nurses and medical technicians who travel to poor communities to teach eye surgery and perform miracles.

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The Anatomy of Burlesque

Art has always belonged to the rich, but burlesque is the revenge of the poor – an expression of doubt to prove that hope exists. Burlesque offers us a startling mirror: grotesque, libidinous, fleshy, irreverent, and immensely watchable.

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Undefended Border

Much has changed since Invisible Nation aired in 1997. Immigration policy is now emphatically anti-criminal and The Undefended Border burrows deep into the criminal underground and into the newly formed police units trying to control it.

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Graveyard Shift

Graveyard Shift is a rollicking plunge into the neon world of the midnight worker. From the tender mercies of unsung heroes to the flashing light of emergency workers, these are small-town characters inhabiting the big city’s night.

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Toronto: City of Dreams

Love it or hate it, Toronto is wedged like a thorn in the national psyche. From muddy backwater to pulsing metropolis, Toronto: City of Dreams is a rollicking three century romp, revealing “Toronto the Good” in all its contradictions.

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Rwanda: In Search of Hope

Five years after the horrific genocide that murdered over a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus, a group of Canadian teachers and community workers travel to Rwanda to try to understand what happened and to help the half-million orphans left behind.

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