Doc Zone

CBC's flagship documentary series explores and expands on the major issues of our time. Around the corner, around the world, our cameras bring viewers to the center of the stories everyone is talking about. Informed, exciting and eventful, Doc Zone presents a sweeping panoramic view of what matters most to Canadians. Hosted by acclaimed author, actor and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald.

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Doc Zone Transforming Gender Classroom Favourites

The era of transgender enfranchisement is upon us. Through personal stories we pull back the curtain on what it means to be – fundamentally and in your deepest core – in conflict with the gender you were assigned at birth.
  • 2015
  • 00:44:05
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/09/2016

Doc Zone Love Under Cuban Skies

Canadian women are not shy about holiday flings, especially where Cuban men are concerned. For some it's just mojitos and a mombo but when true love blooms it's a delicate dance indeed. Impoverished Cubans want exit visas. Empowered Canadian women want attentive young husbands. Love Under Cuban Skies is an exploration of female sex tourism in Cuba and the story ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:00
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/04/2015

Doc Zone Roboticize Me Classroom Favourites

A robot revolution is upon us. And it’s guaranteed to change the way we see ourselves. Robots have become our colleagues, even our companions. Some look like animals or toys. But others look disturbingly like us. All of them have been developed to act like us, feel and think like us. Why? What’s driving our need to develop intelligent and ...
  • 2015
  • 00:43:03
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/01/2015

Doc Zone Weather Gone Wild

Summer snowstorms. Disastrous flooding. Devastating wind and ice storms. Rampaging wildfires. Ruinous drought. Our weather has taken a turn for the extreme. And it’s going to get worse. As intense and unpredictable weather becomes the new normal, how can we adapt and survive? As a result of climate change, the new global buzzword is “adaptation,” as cities and citizens scramble ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/18/2014

Doc Zone State of Incarceration

Canada’s crime rate is at its lowest point in more than 40 years. So why are we spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get tough on crime now? More prisons cells, tougher laws for parole, more mandatory minimum sentences: they are all now part of Canada’s high-cost justice system, and they are all ideas that failed in the United ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:21
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/18/2014

Doc Zone Zoo Revolution

Zoo Revolution takes the viewer deep inside the increasingly controversial debate about the value of zoos in the 21st century. Love them or hate them, zoos are big business. Worldwide, zoos attract some 700 million visitors a year. Many animal‐welfare advocates argue that zoos are a colossal waste of resources that would be better spent in “the wild”, where habitat ...
  • 2013
  • 00:43:47
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/08/2014

Doc Zone The Great War

Scarcely more than a British colony, with a population of less than eight million, between 1914-1918 Canada mobilized 590,000 citizens for war, sending 325,000 overseas to fight. The grief and the glory of the war was felt by virtually every Canadian family, leaving a legacy of stories that are still being passed on today. In epic battle re-enactments, the two-part series ...
  • 2007
  • 01:27:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/06/2014

Doc Zone Slaves to Habit

Smoking, overeating, shopping, nail-biting… We all have a habit that we would like to get rid of, but where the brain is willing, the body is often weak. We take an in-depth look at habits and the new science on the interaction between brain chemistry and self-control. Slaves to Habit follows three individuals over a six-week period as they struggle ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/19/2014

Doc Zone The Mystery of the Bell Classroom Favourites

Could this CBC documentary solve a long-standing mystery in Metis history? From Ontario to Alberta, we follow a trail of clues through four generations of suspects in the search for one of the most sought-after historical objects in Canada. According to legend, Canadian soldiers stole the church bell from Batoche, Saskachewan after they’d defeated Louis Riel and his Metis fighters ...
  • 2014
  • 00:45:11
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/18/2014

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Mystery of the Bell Teacher Resource Guide [.pdf]

Doc Zone To the Rescue

The search & rescue system (SAR) in Canada is an emergency in the making. Ironically, the very system that should be ready to help us when we’re lost or injured in the great Canadian wilderness is sending out its own SOS call. Stretched to its limits by the combination of an increasing number of outdoor adventurers and shrinking budgets, the ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/05/2014