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On Docs

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Join Colin Ellis for this podcast on documentaries and the stories they tell. He'll introduce you to filmmakers who give us fascinating takes on people, perspectives and what it means to be human.

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Join Colin Ellis for this podcast on documentaries and the stories they tell. He'll introduce you to filmmakers who give us fascinating takes on people, perspectives and what it means to be human.

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On Docs

Latest release on Nov 13, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Ep. 3 - Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

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The team behind Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark is back with a new film that explores the ways human activity has fundamentally changed the planet. Colin sat down with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, and Nicholas de Pencier to discuss the massive impact we've had on the Earth. Guests: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, and Nicholas de Pencier. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.
Credit: Mercury Films Inc. in association with TVO/Anthropocene Films Inc./mongrelmedia.com

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Nov 01 2018

23mins

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Rank #2: Ep. 4 - Who let the dogs out - and who really owns a song?

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Ben Sisto spent eight years in search of the original writer of the 1999 hit, "Who Let to the Dogs Out?" His quest is the subject of a new documentary. Host Colin Ellis spoke with Sisto about making the doc, and the answers he found.

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Jun 11 2019

27mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 7 - Escaping war to land at summer camp

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On Docs host Colin Ellis speaks to Michael Sladden, owner and director of Camp Pathfinder, about he decided to invite war-zone refugees to the camp and what it was like to have the project featured in a documentary.

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Jul 02 2019

32mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 1 - Think you know what propaganda is? Think again

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Everyone thinks they can recognize propaganda - and that they're immune to its influence. Filmmaker Larry Weinstein's latest documentary, Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies, will make you reconsider.

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Nov 05 2019

29mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 2 - How can someone talk to a white supremacist?

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Filmmaker Deeyah Khan sat down with members of the white power movement in the United States to gain a better understanding of what motivates them to hate. She spoke with Colin about how she gained their confidence - and whether they have the capacity to change. Guest Deeyah Khan. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.
Credit: Fuuse Films

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Oct 25 2018

30mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 5 - Take Light

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What happens when a city can't keep the lights on? Filmmaker Shasha Nakhai tells Colin how the power grid affects life in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where half the residents have no reliable access to electricity. Guest: Shasha Nakhai. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.
Credit: Storyline Entertainment/takelightfilm.com

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Nov 15 2018

27mins

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Rank #7: Ep. 4 - The Fruit Machine

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Colin joins director Sarah Fodey and Canadian Armed Forces veteran Patti Gray for a special screening and discussion of The Fruit Machine, a TVO original documentary that explores Canada's campaign from the 1950s until the 1980s to purge LGBTQ people from the public service.
Guests: Sarah Fodey and Patti Grey. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.
Credit: A TVO Original documentary produced by SandBay Entertainment

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Nov 08 2018

22mins

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Rank #8: Ep. 6 - Heartbound

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Colin speaks to anthropologist Sine Plambech and filmmaker Janus Metz, who spent 10 years documenting migration marriages in Denmark between Thai women supporting families back home and Danish men looking for companionship. Are migration marriages about love, or are they a convenient arrangement? Can they be both?
Guests: Sine Plambech and Janus Metz. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.
Credit: Magic Hour Films and Metz Film in co-production with Upfront Films, BALDR Film, Vilda Bomben Film and Film i Väst.

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Nov 22 2018

26mins

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Rank #9: Ep. 7 - First Contact

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You probably know someone you would call racist, but have you ever called them out? What would happen if you did? Vanessa Loewen and Stephanie Scott, the producers of First Contact, found out when they took six Canadians to Indigenous communities across the country.
Guest: Vanessa Loewen and Stephanie Scott. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.
Credit: First Contact Canada Inc.

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Nov 29 2018

30mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 1 - Indigenous perspective on justice for Colten Boushie

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Colten Boushie was a 22-year-old Cree man from Red Pheasant First Nation. Gerald Stanley is the white Saskatchewan farmer who shot and killed him when Boushie and a group of friends trespassed on his property one August afternoon in 2016.

That afternoon, and the second-degree murder trial that followed it, polarized the province. Filmmaker Tasha Hubbard chronicled the family's story and situates it within a larger one - colonial violence, intergenerational trauma, and intergenerational resistance.

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May 21 2019

26mins

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Rank #11: Ep. 9 - The Invisible Heart

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Social-impact bonds - which see private investors fund government pilot programs - are a fast-growing trend internationally. When filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza first heard about them, in 2014, she was excited about the investment tool that aimed to marry capitalism with social change. Four years and a documentary film later, her thinking has changed. In this episode of On Docs, she sits down with Colin Ellis to explain why.

Guests: Nadine Pequeneza. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.
Credit: Courtesy of HitPlay Productions in association with TVO; Vince Guaraldi Trio/Fantasy Records/youtube.com.

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Dec 13 2018

30mins

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Rank #12: Ep. 8 - Min Sook Lee at The Reel Asian Film Festival

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Colin joins acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Min Sook Lee for a special screening of her 2005 film, Hogtown: The Politics of Policing, and a conversation about the overlapping roles of activism and documentary filmmaking.
Guest: Min Sook Lee. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.
Credit: Min Sook Lee/National Film Board of Canada, Min Sook Lee/City State Productions Ltd., Min Sook Lee/TVO/Rogers Communications.

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Dec 06 2018

27mins

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Rank #13: Ep. 5 - If we knew then what we know now

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Michael Jackson. Bill Clinton. Lorena Bobbitt. If you lived through the '90s, chances are you know these names and know the stories behind them. But do you really? Host Colin Ellis and producers Matthew O'Mara and Chantal Braganza discuss Leaving Neverland and Lorena, two series that revisit two of the biggest scandals of the decade.

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Jun 18 2019

38mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 2 - Ai Weiwei on why the refugee crisis is borderless

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After releasing Human Flow, his 2017 documentary on the refugee crisis, artist and activist Ai Weiwei was left with 900 hours of footage - what he calls "the rest." This film wasn't just cutting-floor material. It shows the human face of what happens when war forces people to flee their homes, uprooting their families, lives, and futures. The Rest is Weiwei's second close-up at a growing crisis that he says implicates everyone across the globe: from refugees themselves, to the policymakers making it difficult for them to cross borders, to viewers just like us.

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May 28 2019

21mins

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Rank #15: Bonus Episode - And the Oscar for Best Documentary Goes To

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Awards season is here! Colin and producers Matt and Chantal discuss the five films up for best documentary feature at the 2019 Academy Awards: Free Solo, R.B.G., Minding the Gap, Of Fathers and Sons, and Hale County This Morning, This Evening. The trio talks about what made these docs compelling, where they fell short, and which one they think will take home Oscar gold.

Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Nikki Ashworth and Jonathan Halliwell, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

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Feb 14 2019

27mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 10 - A Whale of a Tale: Life after The Cove

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In 2009, a documentary pointed the globe's attention to Taiji, a tiny town in coastal Japan where dolphin and whale hunting forms a major part of the fishing industry. The Cove went on to win an Oscar and inspire a new generation of anti-whaling activism. But what if the story around Japan's whaling culture isn't so black and white? Nearly a decade later, filmmaker Megumi Sasaki returned to Japan to explore the country's historical and cultural relationship with whaling and to document the effects The Cove has had on Taiji and its people.

Guests: Megumi Sasaki. Host: Colin Ellis, Producer: Chantal Braganza, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Production Coordinator: Jonathan Halliwell, Nikki Ashworth, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

Credit: Courtesy of Fine Line Media

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Jan 17 2019

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Rank #17: Ep. 9 - Confronting the horrors of Iran's Evin Prison

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In this bonus episode of On Docs, actor and filmmaker Maryam Zaree joins host Colin Ellis to discuss her documentary, Born in Evin. The daughter of political dissidents, Zaree was born inside Iran's notorious prison. She and her mother fled to Germany as refugees when she was a child. The film, which follows her quest to find answers about her early years, was screened at the 17th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto.

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Feb 06 2020

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Rank #18: Ep. 7 - Who gets to profit from Indigenous art?

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Host Colin Ellis speaks with Jamie Kastner, the director of There Are No Fakes, a TVO Original Documentary, about the legacy of famed Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau.

Credit: Cave 7 Productions

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Dec 17 2019

37mins

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Rank #19: Ep. 6 - In a war on drugs, who really loses?

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Host Colin Ellis speaks with Shawney Cohen and Rachel Browne about Rat Park, their new Vice Studios documentary about the global addiction crisis. Through the experiences of the United States, the Philippines, and Portugal, they examine the spectrum of federal drug policy, from a tough-on-crime approach to complete decriminalization.

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Dec 10 2019

34mins

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Rank #20: Ep. 2 - In war reporting, Robert Fisk always chooses a side

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Yung Chang's documentaries have looked at China's modernization, exotic fruit cultivators, and more. Now, in This Is Not a Movie, he turns his sights on Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for The Independent newspaper. Fisk has covered some of the region's most harrowing conflicts in his more-than-40-year career. Chang spoke to Colin Ellis on making a doc about someone with a controversial reputation, having a subjective point of view in journalism, Fisk's criticism of social media, and more.

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Nov 12 2019

37mins

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