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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Episodes

Doc Zone Polar Bear Fever

The polar bear has become the new poster child for climate change, the perfect photogenic symbol for selling an environmental message. Polar Bear Fever takes us on a journey to meet the people who are obsessed with the bear. Few can resist the bear’s red-hot image — scientists and zookeepers, photographers and filmmakers, environmentalists and politicians, marketing mavens and advertising giants.
  • 2008
  • 00:44:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone How to Be Happy

Did you know that happy people live 8-9 years longer, have better relationships, earn more money, tend to be more creative and make more effort to help others? This documentary tells us what happiness is (and what it isn't), helps us find out how happy we are, and gives practical tips on how we can increase our happiness.
  • 2008
  • 00:44:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone Canine Confidential

Canine Confidential explores a contemporary coexistence like nothing else in the human-animal world. We've always claimed dogs are "man's best friend," but it now seems they've become full-fledged members of our family, too. Today, doggie couture is a multi-billion dollar business, dog dancing is an unlikely but highly competitive craze, and in Texas, you can find the only military base ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:32
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone Dating Confidential

This fast-paced documentary is a no-holds-barred look at our obsession with dating and finding that elusive perfect match. We'll meet the winners, the losers, and the profiteers who are now employing a roster of psychologists and scientists whose mission is to unravel the mystery of what makes two people click. There's a race on to find the key to our ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:17
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone Darfur, On Our Watch

Darfur. The world stands by as the first genocide of the 21st century unfolds. Now, one of the largest citizen movements in decades is trying to make a difference. Celebrities are stepping into the void left by the world’s leaders. Darfur, On Our Watch is a story of why helpless, hapless institutions cannot stop the unfathomable cruelty. It’s also an inspirational ...
  • 2007
  • 00:56:24
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone Fidel Castro: A Life of Revolution

This documentary presents a deeply personal account of Fidel Castro, Cuba’s long-time leader, 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.
  • 2007
  • 00:43:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone Gardening Confidential

Gardening Confidential takes us on an international exploration of one of the most obsessive hobbies in human history. From robotic lawnmowers to gardens on Mars, from trendy Manhattan rooftops to virtual gardens in cyberspace, this ancient craft has entered the space age and become a multi-billion dollar industry. Meet some of the most single-minded gardeners in the world and discover ...
  • 2008
  • 00:46:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone U.S. v. Omar Khadr

Accused of killing an American soldier with a grenade during a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002, most of the evidence against Omar Khadr is based on a series of confessions he allegedly made at the age of 15 while in U.S. custody at the military base in Bagram and later in Guantanamo. This documentary offers Omar's first-hand account of torture, ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone The Bush Years

Terence McKenna takes a retrospective look at U.S. President George W. Bush, arguably one of the most controversial public figures of recent memory. The Bush Years opens with a look at the seminal moments of his life before the Presidency. This documentary also details decisive moments and critical decisions that affected his country and the world.
  • 2008
  • 01:30:23
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Doc Zone Forever Plastic

The plastics industry argues that recycling is the answer. If you had to do a Plastics Recycling Test, would you pass? As the mountains of plastic debris continue to grow, some individuals are doing their part to reduce the waste. Forever Plastic looks at the complex question of what to do with something that doesn't go away when we throw it away.
  • 2009
  • 00:44:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

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