• A Lesson in Discrimination: 10 Years Later

    In 2006, a Grade 3 teacher in Quebec resorted to a drastic strategy to solve a persistent problem in her class. She subjected her 26 students to a “lesson in discrimination,” in the hope that experiencing it would help them understand the distress of students who are ostracized because they are different. The resulting documentary stunned television viewers in Canada and around the world. Today the children are all grown up, but they all remember those two dramatic days. From their new perspectives as young adults, they take another look at The Lesson. All these years later, how do they feel about the experiment? Why did some of them reject the privileges that their classmates so enthusiastically accepted? And most importantly, does one ever truly heal after enduring years of abuse as a punching bag for fellow students?


  • Kim's Convenience

    Set in a Korean convenience store in Toronto, this adaptation of Ins Choi's award-winning Canadian play features a fiery Korean patriarch struggling with changes within his business, family and their local community — a real, colourful and diverse urban landscape. A breakout hit of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, it won Best New Play. In 2012, the theatrical production won two Toronto Theatre Critics awards for Best Actor in a Play (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and Best Canadian Play. Lee stars as "Appa" in this CBC adaptation.


  • Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

    Fidel Castro passed away on November 25, 2016, aged 90. Cuba’s revolutionary leader was one of the most visible and polarizing figures of the latter half of the 20th century – a symbol of Third World revolution for some, an oppressive dictator for others. But behind the image and fiery speeches, who really was this man who survived over 600 assassination attempts?

    Curio.ca features two documentaries on Castro.

    Fidel Castro: A Life of Revolution presents a deeply personal account of Castro, taken largely from private letters, correspondence, speeches and interviews. Exclusive footage of Castro’s childhood home and his rebel headquarters in the Sierra Maestra Mountains is complimented by classic archive footage, including CBC interviews with Castro when he was the most wanted man in Cuba.

    In Castro in the Eyes of His Loved Ones, people close to him reveal how he experienced key moments in his career, from the early days of the revolution, through the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the moment he signed his provisional resignation. They also give a glimpse of what Castro was like in private – his convictions, his doubts, his family life and his extraordinary charm.

    Watch Fidel Castro: A Life of Revolution | Watch Castro in the Eyes of His Loved Ones

  • Every Living Thing: Experiencing a Bioblitz


    In this the United Nations Decade of Biodiversity (2011-2020), Every Living Thing follows a 20-year biodiversity research project to identify and catalogue as many species as possible in the province of New Brunswick, before human encroachment and climate change intensifies.

    Producer Lloyd Salomone and director Kent Martin, with Fredericton-based Flower Power Production Inc., got the idea for the film in 2011, when the two were working on another film about the Acadian forest.

    Salomone says they crossed paths with some researchers from the New Brunswick Museum — in particular Don McAlpine, the museum's research chair of zoology.

    "Don and his colleague Stephen Clayden spoke about their 20-year biodiversity project to go to 10 very large protected natural areas around the province of New Brunswick," he said. "To go there one summer and then the next summer, at different times, because different species come out at different times in the year."

    Salomone and Martin decided to follow the researchers in 2013 and 2014 on bioblitzes, as dozens of experts from North America and around the world gathered to document species of fish, insects, plants, fungi, reptiles, mammals and amphibians at a site in the middle of the province.

    "It was just a matter of following them around and seeing the work they do, and love doing," Salomone said. "It became clear they have a very strong relationship with the natural world and they understand it in relation to climate change."

  • The Secret Path – now available on Curio.ca


    "Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story." These are the words of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, describing what inspired him to create The Secret Path. This powerful animated film tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died of exposure in 1966 while running away from a residential school. The story is told through illustrations by Jeff Lemire and Gord Downie's music.

    The Secret Path animated film is now available on Curio.ca, including the mini-documentary that features Gord Downie's trip to visit the Wenjack family in Ogoki Post, Ontario.

  • Time Bombs: The Canadian Atomic soldiers


    In the spring of 1957, 40 young Canadian soldiers were sent to Nevada on a top secret mission. These young men did not know they would be used as guinea pigs in the most important nuclear test program of the Cold War. The American military wanted to know how the average soldier would hold up on a nuclear battlefield. With absolutely no knowledge of the effects of radiation, the boys played “war games,” sometimes less than 1,000 yards from exploding nuclear bombs; bombs as much as four times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The effects were devastating. Many of the men fell gravely ill and some of their children were born with deformities or handicaps. The controversial operation has never received official recognition from the Government of Canada. Time Bombs follows the Atomic Veterans in their quest for recognition from the government.

  • Newfoundland at Armageddon


    One hundred years ago, on July 1st, 1916, the Newfoundland Regiment took part in a massive First World War offensive on the Somme, led by the British to liberate France and Belgium from the claws of the Germans. Some 800 soldiers from the Regiment went over the top that morning, near Beaumont-Hamel in France. The following day only 68 were able to answer roll call. Because of that battle, nothing about Newfoundland would ever be the same. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, Brian McKenna’s latest feature documentary film Newfoundland at Armageddon tells the story of this epic tragedy. Learn how a single battle changed Newfoundland forever.

    Meet the men and women of Newfoundland who lived through the Great War by following 29 journeys inspired by real events and the stories on CBC’s Newfoundland at Armageddon interactive feature.

    For more on Newfoundland at Armageddon, visit CBC Docs.

  • Residential Schools and Hockey


    In this special documentary from The National, CBC’s Duncan McCue explores how hockey provided an outlet for many Indigenous students in Canada's residential school system.

    For more on this story, visit CBC News Indigenous.

  • Sports and Politics: The Olympic Games

    As the Summer Olympics in Rio are set to get underway, Curio.ca takes you on a tour back in time to highlight our best stories on past Olympic Games. The Olympics are not just about sports: countries fight to host the Olympics and, more often than not, the Games cause political and social turmoil in host countries.


  • New Collection: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


    The statistics on missing and murdered indigenous women are stark and staggering. A 2015 United Nations report found that young aboriginal women are five times more likely to die under violent circumstances, as compared with their non-aboriginal counterparts. It also reported that indigenous women report rates of violence 3.5 times higher than non-aboriginal women. Following the UN report’s recommendation, the Liberals announced the first phase of an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women in December 2015.

    This collection presents a snapshot of the situation and recounts the stories of the families and communities affected by this national tragedy.