Here are this week’s documentaries on CBC:
Please note that all films listed are 60 minutes unless otherwise indicated.
(Tuesday October 30 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
SCHOOL OF SECRETS
During the 1970’s, a prominent Vancouver high school initiated Quest, a one semester outdoor education program. But for teacher Tom Ellison, Quest was more than just an outdoor program. It was an opportunity to conduct his own private brand of sex education with a continuing supply of female students. School of Secrets is a story of self-redemption for those women, who after years of tormented silence, decided to come forward.
(Wednesday October 31 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
YOU CAN ONLY LIVE TWICE
Our world might be getting smaller, thanks to technology, but virtual worlds and games are booming. Millions of people venture daily into these new and constantly evolving landscapes where they can conquer mythical armies, slay dragons and embark on other fantastical quests.
You Only Live Twice explores the bizarre frontiers of virtual worlds-taking a skeptical, sometimes-humorous look at their heavily marketed promise and their pitfalls. Viewers will see the inside world of an avatar and meet the key players who make worlds like Second Life go around.
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
(Thursday November 1 at 7:30 pm on CBC-TV)
Actor Sonja Smits is most famous for her glamorous television roles on Street Legal, Traders and The Eleventh Hour, but she came from humble roots, growing up on a dairy farm in the Ottawa Valley, the daughter of Dutch immigrants. Sonja’s journey into her past takes her all over Holland and reveals teachers, cloth fluffers, resistance fighters and the truth regarding a legend involving a wealthy ancestor.
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THE NATURE OF THINGS
(Thursday November 1 at 8pm on CBC-TV)
GAME OVER: CONSERVATION IN KENYA
Game Over: Conservation in Kenya looks at the changing face of conservation in Kenya and explores the impact of both colonial and contemporary initiatives, as well as how they affect the peoples who have traditionally lived off the land. In particular, we follow the shifting fortunes of the semi-traditional pastoral group the Masai, one of several tribes in Africa.
Prominent conservationists like Dr. Richard Leakey discuss key events in Kenya’s conservation history, and what it is going to take for conservation to succeed today.
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(Thursday November 1 at 9pm on CBC-TV)
The story has the makings of a modern fairly tale: Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach reaches out to 300 poor, homeless and primarily black Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, one of the America’s worst natural disasters. He builds an experimental community called Canadaville where New Orleans evacuees can live rent free, get jobs, and get on their feet.
The cameras follow several families as they struggle to re-build their lives. Many are battling addiction, illiteracy, chronic unemployment and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Can Stronach’s utopia save them?http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/canadaville.html
THE NATURE OF THINGS
(Thursday November 1 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
Climate change is irrevocably altering the world as we know it, challenging our sense of the future and the fundamental values of our industrial societies. For two hundred years, we, in the west, have wagered the world that economic growth is the highest form of progress, burning more and more fossil fuels.
WEATHER REPORT takes us on a journey to the frontlines of our climate changing world in the Canadian Arctic, Montana, Northern Kenya, China and India, visiting communities and ordinary people whose lives and livelihoods are being impacted in the most dramatic ways.
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WATCH ONLINE: THE SELLING GAME
The Selling Game is the story of an advertising industry in crisis having to ramp up its performance to keep up with moving targets. It is
about an endless game of audience hide-and-seek, and the creative and outrageous new tools the industry is using to seduce consumers.
You can run and hide, but the game is on. Who will win?
INTERVIEW: SCHOOL OF SECRETS
Director Melanie Wood talks about revelations of a high school sex scandal in Vancouver and how a charismatic teacher sexually exploited his students.
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