ABOUT THE SHOW:
CHCH presents an original series celebrating the best in Canadian documentary filmmaking. Documented is a curated collection of 17 critically-acclaimed, award-winning films, presented by host Brigitte Truong. In the style of Saturday Night at the Movies and Turner Classic Movies, Documented features exclusive content beyond just the film, including well-rounded discussion and interviews with some of the biggest Canadian documentary filmmakers working today.
Documentary has been called “Canada’s national art form” and the titles in Documented reflect this. The series has something for everyone: world travellers, sports fans, history buffs, and anyone who loves a good story. These are real stories about real people, told honestly.
OUR MAN IN TEHRAN
Friday June 8 • 8pm
Directed by Larry Weinstein & Drew Taylor
Winner of 5 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Documentary
The true story of the daring rescue of six Americans by Canadian intelligence operatives during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Viewers will know this story from the Hollywood adaption Argo. Featuring former ambassador Ken Taylor and former Prime Minister Joe Clark.
Friday June 15 • 8pm
Directed by Jeff Petry & Nathan Drillot
A dive into the world of competitive pinball with the game’s reigning champion, 27-year-old Canadian Robert Gagno. Diagnosed with autism at a young age, Robert has exceeded every expectation put upon him.
I AM BRUCE LEE
Friday June 22 • 8pm
Directed by Pete McCormack
Winner of 4 Leo Awards, including Best Direction in a Documentary
The story of how Bruce Lee came to be one of the biggest icons of the 20th century, told through brand new interviews with his family and the stars he influenced. Features Kobe Bryant, Mickey Rourke, Manny Pacquiao and others.
FORCE OF NATURE: DAVID SUZUKI
Friday June 29 • 8pm
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
Audience Choice Award – Toronto International Film Festival
Profile of the life and work of world-renowned Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist David Suzuki, by Emmy and Genie Award-winning director Sturla Gunnarsson.
Friday July 6 • 8pm
Directed by Michael Hamilton
A behind-the-scenes look at the best Canadian basketball player of all time and one of the country’s quietest philanthropists: Steve Nash. Features interviews with President Barack Obama, Ron Howard, Kobe Bryant, Snoop Dogg and others.
LIFE WITH MURDER
Friday July 13 • 8pm
Directed by John Kastner
Best Documentary – International Emmy Awards
Investigating the untold story behind one of the most chilling crimes in Canadian history: the murder of Ontario teenager Jennifer Jenkins by her older brother Mason.
THE SECRET TRIAL 5
Friday July 20 • 8pm
Directed by Amar Wala
Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award – Hot Docs Film Festival
Nominee: Best Canadian Documentary – Hot Docs Film Festival
Five Arab-Canadian men have spent nearly 30 years combined in Canadian prisons. None of them has seen the evidence against them. None of them has been charged with a crime. An unprecedented look at the human impact of the War on Terror.
UP THE YANGTZE
Friday July 27 • 8pm
Directed by Yung Chang
Best Documentary – Genie Awards
Nominee: Best Documentary – Independent Spirit Awards
The coming of age story of two teenagers working aboard a farewell cruise on China’s Yangtze River in the years leading up to the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, an event which will destroy 13 cities and 1000+ villages along the riverbanks.
(Airdates subject to change)
MEET THE HOST:
Brigitte Truong is a Toronto-born television host and reporter, making her mark on a variety of North America outlets. She made her on-air debut in 2009 as a VJ on Movieola – The Short Film Channel. Since then, Brigitte has turned her journalistic eye to the film industry interviewing such notable figures as Jackie Chan, Alan Thicke and Catherine O’Hara. Brigitte combines her passion for film and news every week on The Watchlist, Fridays at 9:30PM on CHCH. Now, she adds Documented to her quickly-growing resume of programs.