CBC Television’s popular and acclaimed documentary series aims to “witness” the momentous events of our times. A showcase for Canada’s top independent filmmakers, Witness focuses its penetrating cameras on the people, places and events that shape our lives, capturing a unique and revelatory view from the inside.

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Episodes

Witness Ask a Silly Question

Opinion polls are very influential, determining everything from how we are governed to what we eat for breakfast. But this is a completely unregulated industry, subject to human frailty and open to abuse. This offbeat and often hilarious documentary uses bogus polls to show how easily people will comment on subjects they clearly know nothing about. Viewers are then taken ...
  • 1998
  • 00:44:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Witness Who Owns My Life? The Sue Rodriguez Story

This moving documentary chronicles the last 18 months in the life of a courageous woman who battled a fatal disease while fighting for her legal right to doctor-assisted suicide. We go behind the scenes and beyond the issues to spend intimate moments with this gracious, yet determined woman who allowed her personal pain to become public in her bid for ...
  • 1994
  • 00:50:53
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Witness House of Secrets

Placing violent offenders in the custody of a halfway house is usually met with fierce resistance by most communities, afraid they might slip out of their midst. But how justified is the public's dread of halfway houses and their residents? What really goes on behind the walls of these dreaded institutions? What this documentary uncovers will fascinate and disturb viewers.
  • 1997
  • 00:50:33
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Witness Hunting Bobby Oatway

Bobby Gordon Oatway physically and sexually abused a number of young children, including his own two-year-old son. While released on parole into the custody of a halfway house, local residents mount a fierce and highly publicized campaign to get Oatway out of their neighbourhood. This documentary challenges the viewer to decide between the rights of the offender, his victims and ...
  • 1997
  • 00:50:53
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Witness In Security: The New Age of Policing

As police forces have been cut back, the private security business has boomed. Investigating this growing industry, cameras follow officers on patrol from the poor high-rise neighbourhoods of Toronto to the wealthy gated communities of Florida. We visit Disney World, the birthplace of this new form of policing, and then see how citizen involvement has changed the face of Oxnard, ...
  • 1998
  • 00:47:13
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013