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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Episodes

Firsthand Kosher Love New

Kosher Love looks at the search for true love and bible-instructed marriage in the orthodox / Hasidic world as it pushes back against an ever encroaching, wired, secular world and its idea of momentary, selfish love.
  • 2017
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/28/2017

Firsthand Lost on Arrival: Me, the Mounties & PTSD New

The lifetime prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in war journalists is 28.6% — 3.5 times the general population. In 2014, longtime CBC journalist Curt Petrovich was diagnosed with PTSD. This insightful film captures his courageous efforts to rebuild himself from the inside out. From running marathons to experimental MDMA treatments, Curt tries anything to stop the traumatic images ...
  • 2017
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/11/2017

Firsthand The Skin We're In New

Urgent, controversial and undeniably honest, The Skin We’re In is a wake-up call to complacent Canadians. Racism is here. It is everywhere. It is us and we are it. Following celebrated journalist Desmond Cole as he researches his hotly anticipated book, this documentary from acclaimed director Charles Officer pulls back the curtain on racism in Canada.
  • 2017
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/11/2017

Firsthand Inside These Walls

Wang Bingzhang, founder of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Movement, has spent the last 14 years in a Chinese prison for the crime of political activism. Although he once abandoned them to pursue his political beliefs, his ex-wife and children campaign tirelessly for his release. Inside These Walls captures the complex range of emotions of a family bound together in struggle and hope.
  • 2016
  • 00:43:41
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/31/2017

Firsthand Perfect

Strength. Stamina. Sequins. Follow the Canadian synchronised swimming team through the most gruelling year of their lives. After winning gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto these elite athletes and their relentless trainer, Meng Chen, are hungry for a spot at the ultimate competition — Rio De Janeiro 2016. And they're willing to do whatever it takes to make ...
  • 2016
  • 00:43:44
  • General
  • Added on: 01/30/2017

Firsthand Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic

A new wave of synthetic drugs is set to flood into Canada, the first version having already killed thousands of Canadians. This potent documentary looks at the problem through the eyes of people whose lives have been significantly changed by fentanyl, including a drug cop, a street nurse, an underground chemist and drug-world insider — not to mention the families ...
  • 2016
  • 00:43:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/26/2017

Firsthand Once an Immigrant

What is Canadian identity? And how do the children of immigrants relate to the country they were born in, often thousands of miles from the place their parents and ancestors would call home? Peter Keleghan is a renowned actor and uber-patriotic first generation Canadian. His Irish mother and Polish father have complex relationships to their adoptive homeland, and the homes ...
  • 2017
  • 00:43:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/26/2017

Firsthand Sugar Sisters

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 ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:08
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/19/2016

Firsthand Road to Mercy

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 ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/19/2016

Firsthand Being Greene

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 ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/07/2016