Democracy is arguably the greatest political buzzword of our time and is invoked by everyone – but what does it mean? Can it be defined, measured, safeguarded? Can it be sold, bought, and transplanted? In October 2007 a series of international documentaries will air simultaneously in 200 countries to a potential audience of over 300 million people.
Read more about this groundbreaking series and see what people are saying about democracy now.
Series debuts Sunday October 8 on CBC Newsworld
Please note that all films listed are 60 minutes unless otherwise indicated.
(Sunday September 30 at 7pm on CBC-TV)
Take a sweeping tour of our national pride – the vast, wild beauty we call Canada. This week, the Appachachians – fabled mountains that contain a geologic puzzle, a rich legacy, and the scarcely known threat of earthquakes.
Read more and watch an excerpt online.
THE PASSIONATE EYE
(Sunday September 30 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
638 WAYS TO KILL CASTRO
Some claim that there are 50 ways to leave your lover, but how many ways are there to kill off a political enemy? According to the former head of Cuban Intelligence, Fabian Escalante, there are no less than 638.
638 Ways To Kill Castro is a political documentary exploring the history of the relationship between the U.S. government and Cuba, told via the countless attempts to kill Fidel Castro. From exploding cigars to femme fatales; a radio station rigged with noxious gas to a poison syringe posing as an innocuous ballpoint pen, those who tried to kill Castro reveal every conceivable method of assassination.
THE FIFTH ESTATE
(Friday September 28 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
To his family and friends in Cape Breton, Stephen Marshall was a quiet, sweet-natured young man. But, on the Easter weekend of 2006, his family, his community, the country was stunned by the news that Stephen Marshall had gunned down two men whose names he’d found in a Maine sex offender registry on the internet and then killed himself. The quiet, young man from Cape Breton joined a growing list of killers whose crimes are swift, brutal, incomprehensible. The survivors are left asking why. Linden MacIntyre and the fifth estate went in search of an answer.
(Saturday September 29 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
SELLING SEX IN HEAVEN
Mila works at Heaven, a little bar located in “blowjob alley”, a notorious magnet for sex tourists in the Philippines. Like many young women forced into prostitution, Mila hopes that she’ll be rescued from Heaven and taken to America for a better life.
Narrated by actor Kiefer Sutherland, Selling Sex in Heaven is a heartbreaking documentary that examines the sex trade industry in the Philippines and how this nasty but lucrative business traps many young women.
(Monday October 1 at 10pm PT on CBC Newsworld)
Paul Decarie rolls out of bed in his tiny apartment on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Shuffling to the bathroom, he gulps down some pills, lights a cigarette, and begins an intense monologue with himself in the mirror. Paul’s mental illness may have relegated him to the fringes of the city, but this is no delusional indulgence.
He’s rehearsing for one of the biggest nights of his life – his debut as a professional comic. When he steps up to the microphone, it will be the end of an incredible journey that began one year ago. That’s when 11 courageous people signed up for a pioneering course that teaches stand up comedy to people with mental illness.
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