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.
The Secret Trial 5 (Amar Wala)
Friday, April 6 @ 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)
Friday, April 13 @ 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)
Friday, April 20 @ 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)
Friday, April 27 @ 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)
Friday, May 4 @ 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)
Friday, May 11 @ 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)
Friday, May 18 @ 8PM
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.
Touch the Sky (Adrian Wills)
Friday, May 25 @ 8PM
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
(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.