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The Passionate Eye

Season 22 2013 - 2014

  • 2013-09-29T04:00:00Z on CBC News Network
  • 30 mins
  • 15 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.

30 episodes

22x01 Siege in the Sahara

  • Season Premiere

    2013-09-29T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Siege in the Sahara is a dramatic reconstruction of the terrorist attack on a gas plant in Algeria that involved two Canadian jihadists and left 40 hostages dead. Over four days, the hostage-taking transfixed the world, ending when Algerian Special Forces stormed the site and killed or captured all of the Al Qaeda operatives, including the two Canadians. The film raises many important questions about why so many hostages died in the attack.

22x03 Putin’s Games

  • 2013-10-06T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Exposes why the Sochi Olympics have become the most expensive Games ever. With extraordinary access, Putin's Games investigates the corruption, sky-rocketing budgets, & the environmental cost of staging the Winter Olympics in a sub-tropical resort.

22x08 Scientologists at War

  • 2013-11-11T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

He helped recruit Tom Cruise. Scientology's highest-level defector lifts the lid on pressure tactics he says are used to discredit and silence people who leave the church - tactics now being used on him.

22x10 Inside JFK's Assassination

  • 2013-11-24T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

President John F. Kennedy's assassination is examined.

22x11 The Dark Matter of Love

  • 2013-12-01T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Two former Disney employees hire a team of psychologists to help them with the challenge of adopting three Russian children all at once. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, we get to watch as the idealistic couple and their not always ideal new kids, learn how to love each other.

22x12 The Lost Hero of 9/11

  • 2013-12-08T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

An unsung hero from 9/11 pulls two police officers from the wreckage of the World Trade Centre and vanishes without a trace. His identity is only revealed after Oliver Stone makes a film about his bravery.

22x15 The Trials of Muhammad Ali

  • 2014-01-05T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

The battle that almost ended Muhammad Ali's career... his refusal to fight for the U.S. military in Vietnam. Extraordinary archive & rare interviews reveal how stripped of his boxing title, & facing 5 years in jail, Ali risked it all to stand by his convictions.

22x16 Siege in the Sahara

  • 2014-01-12T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

One year after Canadian jihadists were part of a deadly terrorist attack in Algeria, survivors offer a gripping reconstruction of the hostage-taking by a new branch of Al Qaeda.

22x17 Mandela’s Legacy

  • 2014-01-12T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Has Mandela's dream of freedom and equality been lost? A revealing look at South Africa, the hopes and the fears, as violence and corruption threaten to tear apart the 'rainbow nation'.

22x18 Ethel & the Kennedys

  • 2014-01-19T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

An intimate portrait of Robert Kennedy’s widow by her youngest daughter Rory offers a rare look inside the Kennedy political dynasty. Rory Kennedy is an award-winning filmmaker who was born after her father Robert Kennedy was assassinated.

22x19 Children on the Frontline

  • 2014-01-25T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Profiling five children who have been affected by the civil war in Syria.

22x21 My Thai Bride

  • 2014-02-06T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Is it possible to find love in Thailand? Many westerners go looking, but Ted discovers that money can't buy everything & he gets "lost in Thailand". Winner, Hot Docs 2012

22x22 Cocaine Wars: Drug Speedboats

  • 2014-02-22T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

South of the U.S. border, teams of DEA agents serve on the frontlines of the world’s most dangerous cat and mouse game. This episode of Cocaine Wars: Drug Speedboat follows a team of DEA agents in the Dominican Republic, a Caribbean paradise and a cocaine shipping centre.

22x23 Hunted in Russia

  • 2014-03-02T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Violent gangs that target gay people in Russia are spotlighted.

22x24 Holy Money

  • 2014-03-16T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

As Pope Francis marks his one-year anniversary, Holy Money investigates the financial scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church and the efforts of the new Pope to clean up its multi-billion-dollar business dealings amid allegations of money laundering, corruption and embezzlement of funds. Today, the Pope leads a church with more than one billion Catholics but also a business empire of global dimensions. The Catholic Church is the world’s richest religious institution with vast real estate holdings and its own Vatican Bank. Pope Francis has made it his mission to get the Vatican’s financial house in order but there are stumbling blocks on the road to his newly announced reforms and the stakes are sky high for everyone involved. Led by University College London Historian John Dickie, a leading expert in Italian history, the documentary deconstructs the mechanisms by which the Church administers and invests its money. It reveals the inner workings of the Vatican Bank, and tells the story of a priest known as Father 500 Euros, charged in January, 2014 with money laundering millions of Euros through Vatican Bank accounts. In the documentary, a U.S. economist reveals his study found embezzlement within the church is a significant problem. `”We found that 85% of the dioceses had experienced an embezzlement in recent years, many more than one,” says Charles Zech, Professor of Economics at Villanova University. “No one would think that a priest would embezzle from the Church. No one would think that a lay worker would embezzle from the Church. So they don’t put the kind of internal financial controls that are commonplace in the business world.” Also in the United States, Prof. Dickie explores the financial implications of the sexual abuse scandals and allegations of a financial cover-up in the Milwaukee Archdiocese to avoid paying compensation to victims. In Italy and beyond, he interviews lawyers, prosecutors, investigative reporters, economists and historians to get to the heart of the Catholic Church’s finances, and the internal pressures shaping efforts at reform. “Pope Francis is trying to put his house in order,” says Prof. Dickie. “He has opened the Vatican’s accounts to scrutiny. He’s cracking down on greed, avarice and ostentation. But the road ahead could be rocky.” “If these reforms are going to take place, the Pope is going to need support,” adds Robert Mickens, a journalist at The Tablet, a Catholic news weekly. “It’s not real clear that there is a strong body of support behind him right now. He’s thrown off a lot of people, not only at the Vatican.” Holy Money was directed by Jesus Garces Lambert for GA&A Productions and ZDF Arte. John Dickie is the author of "Cosa Nostra, A History of the Sicilian Mafia” and " Blood Brotherhoods: the Rise of the Italian Mafias”.

22x27 Battle for Rio

  • 2014-03-29T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Battle for Rio takes you on a pre-Olympic tour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and looks at what Rio is doing to clean-up its violent slums prior to hosting the games.

An inside look at the life of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011), who parlayed his vast wealth into political influence around the world, told by those who directly served him.

22x29 Mega-Tsunami

  • 2014-04-23T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

What would happen if a tsunami hit the east coast of North America - one even deadlier than the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and more destructive than the big wave that hit Japan in 2011? Using CGI simulations, scientists predict how a volcanic eruption could trigger the biggest wave ever. Could we survive a mega-tsunami? Where would it hit? How would we cope in the aftermath? Mega-Tsunami reveals that in the Atlantic there is, in fact, a ‘Big One’ waiting to happen.

22x30 Mad Dog: The Secret World of Gaddafi

  • 2014-04-15T02:00:00Z — 30 mins

An inside look at the life of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011), who parlayed his vast wealth into political influence around the world, told by those who directly served him.