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

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

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 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 The Skin We're In

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

Teacher Guide(s)

  • Skin We're In teacher guide