CBC DOCS::THEY CHOSE CHINA::This Week

April 7, 2008
PASSIONATE EYE Monday
(Monday April 7 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
THEY CHOSE CHINA
Meet the POWs who refused to return home. At the end of the Korean War in 1954, captured UN soldiers held in POW camps were free to return home. Those soldiers who refused repatriation to their homeland were transferred to a neutral zone and given 90 days to reconsider their decision. Surprisingly, among them are 21 American soldiers who defiantly decided to stay in China. They Chose China recounts these soldiers’ stories.
http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeyemonday/feature_070408.html
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Video: The Secret Government

April 2, 2008

This excellent video originally aired on PBS in 1987, hosted by the venerable Bill Moyers. It is presciently pertinent today, in the post-9/11 USA. And it all started with the post-war National Security Act of 1947…

Moyers also worked for Lyndon B. Johnson and has a very professional approach. He interviews many different people involved with the CIA and other government agencies. His documentary gives quite an overview of what has actually happened in the last 50 years regarding the CIA and the cold war (including Iran, Guatamala, Cuba, Vietnam and Chile). He features such people as Ralph McGeehee and Phil Retinger (both former CIA agents), Rear Admiral Gene La Rocque (Ret. U.S.N.), Theodore Bissell (active in the CIA at the time), Sen. Frank Church and many others.  The full video “The Secret Government” is 90 minutes – this segment is edited by Frank Dorrel to 20 minutes.

video link: “The Secret Government: A Constitution in Crisis”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sstDwKTCpM

CBC DOCS: The Al Qaeda Code, this week

April 2, 2008
THIS WEEK (all programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted)
PREMIERING PROGRAMS
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DOC ZONE
(Thursday April 3 at 8pm on CBC-TV)
CELLPHONES: THE RING HEARD AROUND THE WORLD
The cell phone, a gizmo that fits in the palm of one’s hand, has many features and provides many services to millions of subscribers. In Cell Phones: The Ring Heard Around the World, viewers will see the dramatic rescue of a woman whose cell phone saved her life, an interview with the inventor of the cell phone camera, and will meet Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Mobile Canada, who claims the cell phone can be used for almost everything, except making love. This compelling documentary takes viewers on a journey through cell phone culture, showcasing its numerous functions around the world from Japan to India.
http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/index.html
DOC ZONE
(Thursday April 3 at 9pm on CBC-TV)
THE AL QAEDA CODE
A thrilling look inside what many consider to be the key weapon in the jihadist arsenal: the use of devastatingly effective video propaganda. The film crew gained unprecedented access to unseen Al Qaeda video and visited key jihadist production centres around the world. For the first time, one of the “Toronto 17” terrorist suspects explains how he was recruited to fight without ever leaving home. Viewers will also see how the American military is desperately trying to understand and counteract the deadly effectiveness of this new type of warfare fought through the Internet.
http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/alqaedacode.html
REPEATING PROGRAMS
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HIDDEN LIVES
(Wednesday April 2 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
HOMEGROWN MUSLIMS
Iranian-born filmmaker Saide Kardar takes us into Toronto’s Muslim community in Home Grown Muslims and provides viewers with a provocative and candid look at the conflict of identity among young Muslims living in Canada. The recent description in the media of “Home grown terrorists” within the Muslim community has sparked resentment, especially among Muslim youths.
http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/hiddenlives.html
PLANET EARTH
(Thursday April 3 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)
FRESHWATER
Fresh water is our most precious resource and it defines the distribution of life on land. Follow the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea. Watch spectacular waterfalls, fly inside the Grand Canyon and explore the wildlife below the ice in the world’s deepest lake.
http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/planetearth.html

Caring for Your Parents, on PBS April 2

April 1, 2008

Increasingly more people are becoming caregivers to our aging parents. This PBS program should be of interest to all of us who are caregivers or are reaching the age where we may soon need caregivers ourselves… Although the families featured are American, the issues they face resonate with all of us…

CARING FOR YOUR PARENTS
Wednesday, April 2, 2008,  9 – 11:00 pm

As the population ages, many adults are grappling with an unprecedented social, cultural, economic and personal revolution as they become the primary caregivers for their
aging parents. Through an intimate look at five American families, this special underscores today’s struggle to keep parents at home, the tensions between siblings and the complexity of shifting caregiver roles. (CC, Stereo)

http://pressroom.pbs.org/programs/caring_for_your_parents


CBC Docs::AFGHANISTAN,BETWEEN HOPE AND FEAR::This Weekend

March 21, 2008
CBC THIS WEEKEND (all programs are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted)
PREMIERING PROGRAMS

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DOC ZONE
(Sunday March 23 at 8pm on CBC-TV)

AFGHANISTAN: BETWEEN HOPE AND FEAR (120 minutes)

Canada went into Afghanistan with lofty goals, promising to fulfill the basic needs of its citizens, and vowing to rid the world of a regime that terrorized and brutalized its people. The costs to Canada, both human and material, are considerable: more than 80 soldiers and a diplomat have been killed, and hundreds of millions of Canadian tax dollars have been committed.But are these efforts making a difference to the people of Afghanistan? Are their lives getting any better since the brutal Taliban regime was chased from power?
Watch excerpts online.
http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/afghanistan/index.html

THE PASSIONATE EYE
(Sunday March 23 at 8pm ET on CBC Newsworld)

OBAMA GOES TO AFRICA
U.S. Senator and 2008 presidential hopeful Barack Obama journeys to the land of his ancestry in the timely and poignant documentary. Part personal odyssey and part chronicle of diplomacy in action, the film follows Obama as he explores the vast continent that is gaining increasing importance in this age of globalization.
http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeyesunday/feature_230308b.html

A few good documentaries repeated on CBC this week

March 19, 2008

The following are some excellent documentaries being repeated on CBC this week. If you haven’t seen them, you should — they are very interesting and informative:

THE FIFTH ESTATE

(Wednesday March 19 at 9pm on CBC-TV)
THE LIES THAT LED TO WAR
Since the US-led invasion four years ago, the fifth estate has covered Iraq and the war on terror from virtually every angle–the military, media, intellligence, politics–revealing aspects of the story that you didn’t find anywhere else.
Now, as the White House warns about the latest threat in the region, this time from Iran, we go back to examine the deception, suspect intelligence, even lies that convinced the world of the rightness of targeting Saddam Hussein.
Discuss this film online.

DOC ZONE
(Thursday March 20 at 9pm on CBC-TV)

DUBAI: MIRACLE OR MIRAGE?
An examination of one the world’s most fascinating and fastest developing city-states. Surrounded by war zones, Dubai remains blissfully peaceful. This state which is smaller than the province of Prince Edward Island has become home to superlatives – the biggest building, the largest airport, the tallest hotel, the richest horse race are all situated in Dubai.

PLANET EARTH
(Thursday March 20 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)

POLE TO POLE
The ultimate portrait of our planet looks at the key factors that shape our natural history. The sun and fresh water dominate the lives of all animals and plants on Earth and trigger seasonal migrations, small and large. In the Arctic spring, a mother polar bear and cubs emerge from their winter den. They have just two weeks to cross the frozen sea before it melts and they become stranded. Share the most intimate and complete picture of polar bear life ever filmed. For more than three years, time-lapse cameras captured the annual transformation created by the Okavango floods. The latest technology and aerial photography enables us to track some of the greatest mass migrations, following prey and predators on truly epic journeys.


‘Afghanistan’s Opium Trail’ on CBC Newsworld – Monday, March 17th

March 17, 2008
PASSIONATE EYE Monday
(Monday March 17 at 10pm ET/PT on CBC Newsworld)

AFGHANISTAN’S OPIUM TRAIL
In bleak Afghan villages, the lure of opium cultivation is clear. With no other viable alternative for farmers and no effective law enforcement by the Afghan police, growing poppies is the only way for locals to feed their hungry families. It is this opium that is sold to drug barons and their envoys, processed into heroin and then smuggled across borders.
http://www.cbc.ca/passionateeyemonday/feature_170308.html