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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Inside These Walls
  • 2016
  • 00:43:41
  • 13-14

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Inside These Walls New

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.
  • Added on: 01/31/2017
Perfect
  • 2016
  • 00:43:44
  • General

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Perfect New

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 ...
  • Added on: 01/30/2017
Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic
  • 2016
  • 00:43:42
  • 13-14

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Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic New

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 ...
  • Added on: 01/26/2017
Once an Immigrant
  • 2017
  • 00:43:40
  • 13-14

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Once an Immigrant New

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 ...
  • Added on: 01/26/2017
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