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.
Up the Yangtze (Yung Chang)
Friday, December 15 @ 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.
The Wild Horse Redemption (John Zaritsky)
Friday, January 5 @ 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, January 12 @ 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, January 19 @ 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, January 26 @ 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.
(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.