CBC documentaries: Mapping stem cell research: this weekend

ONLINE FEATURES

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WATCH ONLINE: FIRESTAR 45

The story of two journeys–a .45 calibre handgun from Jonesboro, Georgia and a young boy from Jamaica–and how their fates collide tragically in a home in suburban Toronto.

The Firestar .45 that killed six-year-old Michael James is just one of the illegal handguns that flood across the U.S. border and end up in Canadian cities where they become weapons of mayhem and murder. Bob McKeown takes us from the gun dealer to the violent streets of American cities, through the halls of power in Washington and into the heart of America’s gun industry, a National Rifle Association convention, and illuminates a story that is filling today’s headlines.

Watch and discuss this film online.

http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/firestar/

Repeating Sunday December 9 at 11pm on CBC Newsworld

PREMIERING THIS WEEKEND ON THE DOC CHANNEL

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100 FILMS & A FUNERAL

(Friday December 14, 15 & 16 at 8pm ET on the Doc Channel)

Inspired by Michael Kuhn’s memoir of the same title, this feature documentary by Michael McNamara chronicles the rise and fall of the company that brought us “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “The Usual Suspects” and “Trainspotting.” In 1991, Kuhn headed the British-based PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, and quickly changed how Hollywood looked at films from across the pond. PFE won 14 Oscars, had numerous blockbusters and even more niche hits. But in 1999 the powers that be sold the company (its library later went to Universal), ending an era in British filmmaking and Kuhn’s wild ride.

http://www.markhamstreetfilms.com/documentary/documentary_100_films.htm

For more information on the Doc Channel visit:

http://www.documentarychannel.ca/

THIS WEEKEND:

Please note that all films listed are 60 minutes unless otherwise indicated.

PREMIERING  PROGRAMS

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PASSIONATE EYE SHOWCASE

(Sunday December 9 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)

MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH (90 minutes)

Mapping Stem Cell Research puts a human face on stem cell research through the story of Dr. Jack Kessler and his daughter, Allison–who fell skiing when she was 15 and was paralyzed from the waist down. Immediately after the accident, Dr. Kessler decided to re-focus his research to seek a cure for spinal cord injury using stem cells.

http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeyesunday/feature_091207.html

PASSIONATE EYE Monday

(Monday December 10 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)

RUSSIA’S PRIME SUSPECT

Russia’s Prime Suspect is a film about present day Russia, through the prism of a single exceptional character Andrei Lugovoi, the former KGB operative and multimillionaire who was charged with the murder in the poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko. Lugovoi is enigmatic, charismatic and cryptic and is Britain’s most wanted man.

Using remarkable access, journalist Mark Franchetti gives viewers an unprecedented opportunity to form their own opinion as to whether Lugovoi is really guilty of murdering Litvinenko. http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeyemonday/feature_101207.html

REPEATING PROGRAMS

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DOC ZONE

(Thursday December 6 at 9pm on CBC-TV)

THE PAGAN CHRIST

What if it could be proven that Jesus never existed? What if there was evidence that every word of the New Testament – the cornerstone of Christianity – is based on myth and metaphor? And what if those revelations extended beyond Christianity, putting into question even the fundamental beliefs of Judaism and Islam?

These are the arguements presented in The Pagan Christ, a controversial documentary based on theologian Tom Harpur’s explosive, best-selling book. In a quest for proof, the cameras journey from the Egyptian temple

at Luxor and the Great Pyramids of Giza to Vatican City and Jerusalem’s wailing wall.

The Pagan Christ combines the finest investigative reporting with one of the most compelling mysteries ever known to mankind.

Discuss this story online.

http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/paganchrist.html

THE LENS

(Saturday December 8 at 11pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)

MOMMY, MOMMY

MOMMY, MOMMY follows Linda and Mona, a lesbian couple from Quebec, on their quest to create the family they’ve always dreamed about. Linda and Mona embark upon a five year long emotional rollercoaster ride where they’re confronted by the complications of access to IVF, and bans against same-sex couples adopting from overseas.

Discuss this film online.

http://www.cbc.ca/thelens/program_041207.html

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