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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.
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)
Saturday, April 1 @ 8PM
Best Documentary – Canadian Screen Awards
Film of the Year – Toronto Film Critics Association
Shortlisted – Academy Award for Best Documentary
An inspired, genre-twisting documentary from Oscar-nominee Sarah Polley. Polley’s playful investigation of a shocking question: who is her real father?
Our Man in Tehran (Larry Weinstein & Drew Taylor)
Saturday, April 15 @ 8PM
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.
Wizard Mode (Jeff Petry & Nathan Drillot)
Saturday, April 22 @ 8PM
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.
First Responder: The Inner Battle (Dave Mydlo)
Saturday, May 13 @ 9PM
A look at the mental health challenges faced by those we depend on most: first responders. Captivating interviews with Canadian emergency response personnel.
I Am Bruce Lee (Pete McCormack)
Saturday, July 8 @ 8PM
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: The David Suzuki Movie (Sturla Gunnarsson)
Saturday, July 22 @ 8PM
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.
Nash (Michael Hamilton)
Saturday, August 5 @ 8PM
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 (John Kastner)
Saturday, August 12 @ 8PM
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 (Amar Wala)
Saturday, August 19 @ 8PM
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 (Yung Chang)
Saturday, August 26 @ 8PM
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.
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (Léa Pool)
Saturday, September 2 @ 8PM
Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go, and what does it actually achieve? A behind-the-scenes look at the issue marketers have called the “dream cause.”
The Wild Horse Redemption (John Zaritsky)
Saturday, September 9 @ 8PM
Best Photography in a Documentary – Gemini Awards
Nominated for 4 Leo Awards
Can two wild creatures – prisoner and mustang – help each other to a better life? Oscar-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky follows inmates of a Colorado prison as they participate in a rehab program that gives them 90 days to tame wild mustang horses.
Lost Heroes (Will Pascoe)
Saturday, September 16 @ 8PM
A forgotten part of Canada’s pop culture, and a national treasure few have ever heard about: the tale of a small country striving to create its own comic book heroes.
Secretariat’s Jockey: Ron Turcotte (Phil Comeau)
Saturday, September 23 @ 8PM
Audience Award – Cinefest Sudbury
Nominated for Award for Documentary Filmmaking – Director’s Guild of Canada
The story of one of Canada’s most unsung athletes: jockey Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to fame and the coveted Triple Crown in 1973 before a racing accident confined him to a wheelchair.
Music for Mandela (Jason Bourque)
Nominated for 3 Leo Awards
Explores the role music played in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most important icons: Nelson Mandela. Combining striking visuals with freedom songs, pop music and hip hop, “Music for Mandela” is a stirring tribute to the man himself and to the ultimate power of music.
The Whale (Suzanne Chilsholm, Michael Parfit, Ryan Reynolds)
The true story of Luna, a young, wild killer whale who tries to befriend people on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Produced and narrated by Canadian star Ryan Reynolds.
Touch the Sky (Adrian Wills)
The story of how Cirque-du-Soleil founder Guy Laliberté became the first Canadian tourist in space, from the Soviet-era facilities where he trained to the International Space Station.
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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.