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The Passionate Eye

Season 24 2015 - 2016

  • 2015-10-04T04:00:00Z on CBC News Network
  • 30 mins
  • 16 hours, 30 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.

33 episodes

24x01 A Sinner in Mecca

  • Season Premiere

    2015-10-04T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Gay muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma takes us on his journey to Mecca - an act punishable by death.

24x02 Dreamcatcher

  • 2015-10-11T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Dreamcatcher looks at a troubled community through the eyes of one of its survivors, Brenda Myers-Powell. Brenda grew up in Chicago, became a teenage prostitute, developed a drug addiction, and years later came out the other side. Brenda’s experience puts her in a unique position to help other trafficked women reclaim their lives.

24x03 Democrats

  • 2015-10-18T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

After 30 years of President Robert Mugabe’s autocratic rule in Zimbabwe, two men are tasked with trying to establish democracy from the ground up – all while anti-democratic forces still control the country. It’s the story of a relationship, of two men who have been sent out on an impossible mission.

24x04 Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi

  • 2015-10-25T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

A fragile and depressed university student disappears from his apartment. Four weeks later his name and photo explode across social and mainstream media as 'Suspect #2' in the Boston Marathon bombings. The search for truth derails as collective fear and suspicion take hold. Exclusive access and never released footage reveal a family’s enduring faith, strength, and love.

24x05 Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest

  • 2015-11-01T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

In April 2015 a massive earthquake rocks Nepal. Thousands are dead, untold numbers injured, and half a million homes lost. Witness it firsthand, through personal footage, and accounts from survivors.

24x06 Searching For Sugar Man

  • 2015-11-08T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Academy Award-winner, Best Documentary feature, explores the life of the artist known only as Rodriguez, a Detroit musician who bombed in the US, but became a legend in South Africa.

24x07 Tyke Elephant Outlaw

  • 2015-11-15T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

The story of a circus elephant that went on a rampage, killed her trainer, and died in a hail of gunfire. Her break for freedom sparked a debate over the use of animals for entertainment.

24x08 Warriors From the North

  • 2015-11-22T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Follow three disgruntled young Muslim men born to immigrant parents in Denmark for chilling insight into what fuels the current trend of Muslim youth leaving the West to join radical terrorist groups abroad.

24x09 Peace Officer

  • 2015-11-29T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

A SWAT team killed former Sheriff William Lawrence’s son-in-law. The very same SWAT team that Lawrence established in Utah thirty years earlier. Now he’s making it his mission to change a system he believes is deeply flawed.

24x10 Growing Up Trans

  • 2015-12-12T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Explore the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents. Through moving, personal stories of children, parents and doctors, Growing Up Trans examines new medical interventions increasingly offered at younger ages.

Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King tells the inside story of the fierce tensions unleashed when the Queen fell in love with Prince Philip – tensions that would place huge strain on the royal marriage, and would shape the future of Elizabeth’s reign. Young Philip, it was felt, was “rough, ill-mannered, uneducated and would probably not be faithful,” according to one courtier. The royal and political elite disliked his German roots - and they disliked his larger than life, ferociously ambitious uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten.

24x12 Hip Hop-eration

  • 2015-12-20T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

You’re never too old to go on the journey of a lifetime. Hip Hop-eration follows a troupe of courageous and cheeky senior citizens on an extraordinary quest to perform at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas. For Kara (94), Maynie (95), and Terri (93), the journey to Las Vegas and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships is just another part of life's incredible journey. They’re led by their exuberant manager Billie Jordan who enlists the help of the young hip hoppers from Street Dance New Zealand. Along with 24 other nonagenarians, these senior citizens defy the odds and hip-hop their way into the hearts and minds of thousands of young fans from around the world.

24x13 Zero Gravity

  • 2016-01-17T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Zero Gravity Follows two young astronauts, one from the US and the other from Germany as they train for their mission to the international space station. Featuring video and photos shot by the astronauts you spend time with them living on the ISS.

24x17 Banking Nature

  • 2016-01-24T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Investigates the commercialization of nature, where endangered species and threatened environments are big business. But what impact will this green economy have on the planet in the long run?

24x18 I Will Be Murdered

  • 2016-02-14T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Unravel the murder of respected lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano who was gunned down near his home in Guatemala City. Days later a video emerged of Marzano predicting his death and blaming it on the President of Guatemala. The true­ crime story of the investigation into the killing that brought a country to the brink of chaos.

24x19 The Mad World of Donald Trump

  • 2016-02-14T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

British journalist Matt Frei enters the colourful world of presidential hopeful Donald Trump whose meteoric political rise comes amid one of the most controversial political campaigns America has ever seen.

24x20 The Look of Silence

  • 2016-02-21T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

One of this year’s Academy Award nominees for Documentary Feature. The Look of Silence examines what happens to people who live in fear and silence for decades. Set in Indonesia 50 years after a million people were slaughtered by death squads, "The Look of Silence" is the story of one man’s search for justice.

24x21 20 Feet From Stardom

  • 2016-02-28T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

The heartbreaking and triumphant story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

24x22 Fukushima: A Nuclear Story

  • 2016-03-06T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 triggered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Fukushima: A Nuclear story examines how Japan was saved from a much greater catastrophe by chance. Featuring an exclusive interview with Japan’s former Prime Minister Naoto Kan and narration by actor Willem Dafoe.

24x23 Something Better to Come

  • 2016-03-13T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

Her name is Yula and she lives in Putin’s Russia. Her home is the largest garbage dump in Europe and located just 13 miles from the Kremlin. This is the story of Yula's journey.

24x24 Radical Grace

  • 2016-03-13T05:00:00Z — 30 mins

When the Vatican reprimands American nuns citing their “radical feminism” they become the symbolic center of a battle for the heart of the Catholic Church. Radical Grace follows three fearless nuns who risk their place in the Church to follow another higher calling: social justice.

24x25 Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

  • 2016-03-20T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

An look at the startling facts about how women and racial minorities have been marginalized in the U.S.'s male-dominated tech sector. From the lack of female role models to hostile working environments, we explore the reasons and ask — what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

24x28 In Defense of Food

  • 2016-04-02T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan takes us on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today's barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.

24x29 This Changes Everything

  • 2016-04-10T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

The film follows the Queen’s remarkable life, from her youth – when few expected she’d ever wear the crown – to her uncle Edward VIII’s stunning abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War Two, her own sudden ascension to the throne, and her eventful reign of more than 60 years.

24x31 The Queen At 90

  • 2016-04-24T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Her Majesty The Queen has met more people, visited more places and lived longer than any British Monarch. In 2015, she also became the longest reigning British Sovereign. It’s no exaggeration to say that she is the most respected head of state on the world stage today.

24x32 President Trump: Can He Really Win?

  • 2016-05-01T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Donald Drumpf has now emerged as the clear frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination. British journalist Matt Frei asks if Donald Drumpf can make it all the way to the White House. As the race to the Oval Office heats up Donald Drumpf’s support has grown as have the groups opposed to him.

24x33 The Pope & the Mafia

  • 2016-05-07T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

In the two years since he was invested, Pope Francis has taken on the Vatican's bankers, and now the Mafia.

24x34 Chinese Dreamland

  • 2016-07-10T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

For the right price, the “Pai Pai International Talent Agency” can turn your sleepy rural Chinese ghost town into a booming, world-class city for the afternoon. Company CEOs Yana and Jimmy stage elaborate spectacles where their foreign employees are presented as famous entertainers, important businessmen, top-20 models, diplomats and more.

24x35 The Royal Good Guys

  • 2016-08-14T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

The British Royal Family is the oldest monarchy in the world. But with the pomp and ceremony of its many traditions, some question their purpose in the 21st century.

24x36 Meru: The Ultimate Climb

  • 2016-08-15T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

In the high-stakes game of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting at the headwaters of the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the Shark’s Fin has seen more failed attempts by elite climbing teams over the past 30 years than any other ascent in the Himalayas. The layout of the 21,000-foot mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles makes it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers.