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The Passionate Eye

Season 20 2011 - 2012

  • 2011-10-02T04:00:00Z on CBC News Network
  • 30 mins
  • 23 hours, 0 mins
  • Canada
  • English
  • Documentary

Festival favorites, Academy award winners, and provocative political and point-of-view documentaries that will inform, sometimes outrage, and always entertain you.

47 episodes

20x07 Baring It All

  • 2011-10-17T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Passionate Eye presents Baring It All, a film which follows young women posing naked to celebrate their triumph over breast cancer.

20x13 Transgender Kids

  • 2011-10-30T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

What would you do if your young son was desperate to become a girl--or if your daughter wanted to be a boy? This shocking yet touching documentary offers a rare, intimate look into the world of children who believe they were born the wrong sex. Diagnosed with gender identity disorder, their childhoods include puberty blockers, hormone injections, cross-dressing and a struggle for social acceptance. How far are they willing to go to change their gender? How young is too young? And how should parents respond?

20x14 I Shouldn't Be Alive: Edge of Death

  • 2011-11-02T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Charlie Hench sets himself a big challenge before he turns 50--to hike alone through the Sierra Mountains. Things get off to a good start, but when Charlie reaches an elevation of 9,000 feet, a snowstorm suddenly blows in. The amateur hiker is soon out of his depth, lost in a snow-covered landscape, when his foot slips and he crashes over the side of the mountain, landing on a tiny ledge that saves him from falling 500 feet to his death. Alone, trapped, badly injured and freezing, it will be days before anyone even knows Charlie is missing. How will he possibly survive?

20x15 Ambushed: Shooting the War

  • 2011-11-06T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

This gripping film offers a unique and unvarnished look at what it's like to be on the front lines of a 21st century conflict. Raw, uncensored footage taken by soldiers wearing wireless helmet cams captures the bravery, chaos, grief and terror of a Taliban ambush, in which one of the soldiers is shot and killed. The rest of the film explores the after-effects of this shooting, the intense helicopter rescue, and the impact the young soldier's death has on both his comrades in the platoon and his family back home.

Justin Kirkbride is a pilot in training, but when he takes two friends, Tommy and Larry, on a sightseeing tour of the Rocky Mountains, he finds himself in the test of a lifetime. The plane crashes on a steep, snowy mountainside. With both friends badly injured, Justin decides to hike 45 miles down the mountain in search of help. While he's walking, he manages to hail a rescue helicopter by cell phone, and he joins the rescue pilots to search for his two missing friends. But then disaster strikes again: the rescue helicopter clips a tree and smashes into the mountainside. Can Kirkbride escape with his life for the second time in 24 hours? And will his injured friends survive the night?

A political firestorm pits the Kennedys and their Cape Cod neighbours against a developer who wants to build North America's first offshore wind farm in their backyard. The money flies as the spin doctors get to work and unlikely alliances are formed.

20x34 Diamond Queen (1/3)

  • 2012-02-21T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

In the first episode, with remarkable archival footage, the documentary tells the childhood story of the young girl who never expected to reign. It looks closely at the influence of her grandfather, father and mother and the impact of the abdication. And it hears from Princes William and Harry, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie about what it must have been like to become queen at the age of 25 and about the remarkable skills The Queen has acquired in 60 years of walkabouts, state visits and receptions.

20x37 Diamond Queen (2/3)

  • 2012-03-12T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Episode 2 examines Queen Elizabeth's role in modernizing the monarchy, including her influence on William and Kate's wedding, from the guest list to Will's uniform. Interviews with Princes William and Harry reveal how the Queen objected to Prince William’s choice of what to wear on his wedding day, and won.

20x41 Diamond Queen (3/3)

  • no air date — 30 mins

Episode 3 examines the defining moments of the Queen Elizabeth's reign, beginning with her accession to the throne and her coronation in 1952 and how she has coped with decades of sometimes tense media relations.

20x45 Lucky

  • 2012-05-01T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Profiling lottery winners after they won their jackpots.