Firsthand

CBC’s premiere point-of-view documentary series gets to the heart of issues that matter to Canadians. Celebrating the great Canadian tradition of documentary, Canada’s best filmmakers bring us films with compelling characters, harrowing tales and unforgettable moments. With unique and often unexpected access, these stories will ignite discussions and open dialogues about issues relevant in today’s society.

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Sugar Sisters
  • 2016
  • 00:44:08
  • 15-17

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Sugar Sisters New

This provocative documentary follows three young sisters as they explore sugar dating, the globally popular phenomenon that sees young men and women dating wealthier, older men (and women) in exchange for money and gifts. Sugar Sisters follows Hannah, a queer twenty-something filmmaker, and her two younger sisters, Amalia and Caroline, as they explore this highly controversial world at a time when the ...
  • Added on: 12/19/2016
Road to Mercy
  • 2016
  • 00:44:02
  • 13-14

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Road to Mercy New

Canadian doctors and patients navigate the newly granted right to die under a broad Supreme Court decision — the first of its kind outside Europe. As we enter the farthest ethical frontier, Road to Mercy documents a new reality where doctors are allowed to take a life and where we as a country must decide on the circumstances under which ...
  • Added on: 12/19/2016
Being Greene
  • 2016
  • 00:44:02
  • 13-14

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Being Greene New

This Firsthand documentary takes an intimate look at one family's struggle to break free from the clutches of mental illness. The Greenes are a fun-loving family of performers. Dave Greene, the father, is an Elvis Tribute Artist. The mom, Roxie, is a writer. Quinn, the eldest son, is an actor, and his little brother Kane is a beat-boxer. But underneath, they have ...
  • Added on: 12/07/2016
A Jihadi in the Family
  • 2016
  • 00:44:16
  • 15-17

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A Jihadi in the Family

How could a much-loved boy born and raised in Calgary become a violent extremist that embraced a life of terrorism halfway around the world? This emotional documentary tries to answer these difficult questions as it follows Christianne Boudreau, the mother of just such a young man. She tries to understand what happened to her son, Damian Clairmont, with a firm ...
  • Added on: 05/31/2016
The War at Home
  • 2016
  • 00:44:10
  • 15-17

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The War at Home

Across Canada, a woman is killed every six days by her intimate partner. Another 3,000 flee their homes each night, seeking refuge in shelters. This must-see documentary offers an intimate look at a private battlefield, one where thousands of Canadian women live in fear in the one place they should feel safe – their homes. Warning: this program may contain ...
  • Added on: 05/31/2016
Girls’ Night Out
  • 2016
  • 00:43:37
  • 13-14

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Girls’ Night Out

Girls’ Night Out tackles the prevalent and often dangerous culture of binge drinking and young women. A deeply personal point-of-view film embedded in the stories of young women engaged in, and in "recovery" from, this toxic epidemic, the film offers an intimate conversation around this very serious issue. It explores the all-too-ubiquitous story of what’s happening to 80% of the young ...
  • Added on: 04/04/2016
Hold Your Fire
  • 2015
  • 00:44:16
  • 15-17

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Hold Your Fire Classroom Favourites

The average frontline police officer in North America faces more interactions with people experiencing a mental health crisis than ever before. As the number of interactions skyrockets, police services struggle to deal with an ever-growing population of emotionally disturbed individuals who often lack adequate social supports. Hold Your Fire explores the reasons why officers who signed on to serve and protect somehow ...
  • Added on: 02/18/2016
The Oka Legacy
  • 2015
  • 00:44:07
  • 15-17

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The Oka Legacy

The Oka Legacy is a POV documentary that explores how the Oka Crisis has transformed contemporary Indigenous identity in Canada. Through Mohawk filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s own personal journey, The Oka Legacy retraces the events that took place in her hometown in 1990 by talking with people who lived through the events firsthand, like Clifton Nicholas and Waneek Horn Miller, as well as ...
  • Added on: 12/01/2015
IF the Poet
  • 2015
  • 00:44:23
  • 13-14

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IF the Poet Classroom Favourites

IF the Poet is the compelling, against-all-odds story of Ian French, a.k.a. IF, from his humiliating slam poetry debut at age 50, to representing English-speaking Canada at The World Cup of Poetry in Paris, France just five years later. It's an unfiltered trip into the mesmerizing heart of competitive slam poetry, pitting IF against the best poets in the world and ...
  • Added on: 11/20/2015
Forever Young
  • 2015
  • 00:44:23
  • 13-14

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Forever Young

Forever Young is a film that challenges our view of aging and reveals new technologies which could significantly extend human life. Death is the ultimate insult to the scientific mind. While science, technology and medicine have advanced in leaps and bounds during the past century, humans have still not cracked the most elemental challenge of them all: how to conquer death ...
  • Added on: 11/17/2015