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 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 ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:16
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/31/2016

Firsthand 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 ...
  • 2016
  • 00:44:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 05/31/2016

Firsthand 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 ...
  • 2016
  • 00:43:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/04/2016

Firsthand Hold Your Fire

The average frontline police officer in North America faces more interactions with people experiencing a mental health crisis than ever before. As the number of interactions skyrockets, police services struggle to deal with an ever-growing population of emotionally disturbed individuals who often lack adequate social supports. Hold Your Fire explores the reasons why officers who signed on to serve and protect somehow ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:16
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/18/2016

Firsthand The Oka Legacy

The Oka Legacy is a POV documentary that explores how the Oka Crisis has transformed contemporary Indigenous identity in Canada. Through Mohawk filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s own personal journey, The Oka Legacy retraces the events that took place in her hometown in 1990 by talking with people who lived through the events firsthand, like Clifton Nicholas and Waneek Horn Miller, as well as ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:07
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/01/2015

Firsthand IF the Poet Classroom Favourites

IF the Poet is the compelling, against-all-odds story of Ian French, a.k.a. IF, from his humiliating slam poetry debut at age 50, to representing English-speaking Canada at The World Cup of Poetry in Paris, France just five years later. It's an unfiltered trip into the mesmerizing heart of competitive slam poetry, pitting IF against the best poets in the world and ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/20/2015

Firsthand Forever Young

Forever Young is a film that challenges our view of aging and reveals new technologies which could significantly extend human life. Death is the ultimate insult to the scientific mind. While science, technology and medicine have advanced in leaps and bounds during the past century, humans have still not cracked the most elemental challenge of them all: how to conquer death ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/17/2015

Firsthand Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows

This documentary delivers an intimate portrait of how a teenager from a Toronto suburb ended up being at the centre of one of the first U.S. war crimes trials since the prosecution of Nazi commanders in the 1940s. He is the only juvenile who has ever been tried for war crimes. Out of the Shadows gives Omar Khadr the opportunity to speak ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/17/2015

Firsthand Reefer Riches

Reefer Riches explores what Canada's marijuana future could look like as it examines how Colorado and Washington State have fared in their first years of legalization, trying to take over the pot business from organized crime. It is a fascinating story of shifting cultural values, strange political bedfellows, new issues for law enforcement, and abundant business opportunities in what could be ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/09/2015

Firsthand The Woman Who Joined the Taliban

Beverley Giesbrecht was a successful Canadian publishing executive and devout Christian living near Vancouver, before the events of September 11 changed her life forever. Within seven months Beverley had converted to Islam and was on a path that would lead to her kidnapping and disappearance in the Taliban heartlands.
  • 2015
  • 00:44:04
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 10/29/2015