A Global Television exclusive: "Global Currents" - Third season of critically acclaimed documentary showcase returns



    
                      SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH AT 10 P.M.

             CANADA'S MOST DYNAMIC INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS DELIVER
              ALL-NEW SLATE OF ORIGINAL HOUR-LONG DOCUMENTARIES

                           WITH HOST KEVIN NEWMAN

               Filmmaker blogs, web forums, photos, videos at
                       www.globaltv.com/globalcurrents.
    

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Global Television is pleased to present an
all-new season of the critically acclaimed "Global Currents" documentary
series.
    Premiering October 13th at 10 p.m., each weekly, one-hour,
independently-produced documentary features the talents of Canada's best
socio-political, environmental, humanist and scientific documentary
filmmakers.
    Gemini Award-nominated, "Global Currents" reflect character-driven
stories about socially relevant issues important to all Canadians.
Documentaries in this strand were selected by Global Television for their
unique content and distinctly Canadian point of view.

    
    "Global Currents" Fall 2007 Season Premieres Schedule:
    -   October 13  - Death In The Forest
    -   October 20  - Stolen Sisters
    -   October 27  - The Bully's Mark
    -   November 3  - Sabrina's Law
    -   November 10 - Time Bombs
    -   November 17 - Fatherhood Dreams

    (*)Broadcast schedules are subject to change.
    

    Global Currents is also introducing a new online blog on its website
where independent filmmakers will provide commentary on each of their
documentaries. The site will also host a series of web forums for viewers to
discuss major topics covered by the documentaries. All these plus photos and
video clips can be found at www.globaltv.com/globalcurrents.

    Fall 2007 Season Documentaries:

    Death In The Forest - Written and directed by Vancouver-based Gordon
McLennan, "Death in the Forest" examines the dangers of the logging industry
in British Columbia through the eyes of 'tree fallers,' who were once proud
icons of the great north woods. This documentary explores how one of Canada's
most lucrative industries is also one of the most deadly. It calls attention
to safety hazards caused by cutbacks and deregulation, and the consequences of
the increasing pressures individual loggers face from forestry companies.
    Stolen Sisters - Directed and produced by Saskatoon-based Antonio
Hrynchuk, "Stolen Sisters" investigates the increasing number of missing and
murdered Aboriginal women in Canada - as many as 500 women in the last 20
years. Based on a report of the same name issued by Amnesty International,
indigenous women in Canada are five times more likely to die as a result of
violence than women of any other ethnicity. This documentary follows the
trials and tribulations of Aboriginal families trying to find their missing
loved ones, and the rising tensions that exist between law enforcement and
Aboriginal communities.
    The Bully's Mark - Written and directed by Vancouver-based Helen Slinger,
"The Bully's Mark" explores the long-term psychological effects of school-age
bullying and follows Erin Thomson on an odyssey back into the darkness of her
grade eight year. The journey home to face her bullies, and the friends who
deserted her, parallels the equally-intimate bullying stories of today - some
of which make Erin's harassment pale in comparison. With the advent of
technology and online communications, these tools become a bully's weapon,
further aggravating a problem that many anti-bullying programs have been
unable to solve.
    Sabrina's Law - Directed and produced by Winnipeg-based Barry Lank,
"Sabrina's Law" is about a young, energetic and ambitious girl named Sabrina
Shannon whose tragic death from anaphylactic shock inspired a law named in her
honour to protect other children. Sabrina's mother, Sara, promised her
daughter that she would help make a difference and does so by sharing
Sabrina's story with the rest of the world.
    Time Bombs - Directed and produced by Montreal-based Guylaine Maroist and
Eric Ruel, "Time Bombs" focuses on Canadian war veterans who were sent to
Nevada on a top secret mission in the 1950s. What they didn't realize was
these soldiers were deliberately used as guinea pigs in a nuclear test program
for the Cold War: Operation Plumbbob. Years later, at a time when nuclear
tests are being conducted again by powerful nations, these war veterans are
sharing how they were exposed to nuclear radiation and are now fighting the
government for recognition and compensation.
    Fatherhood Dreams - Directed and produced by Vancouver-based Julia
Ivanova, this documentary explores the divide between sceptics and supporters
of gay couples as parents. Some Canadians are uncomfortable with the concept
of gay male couples raising children. Many think these children may be
"different" or at the very least, disadvantaged. Fatherhood Dreams delves into
the reality of alternative families and their struggle for equality.

    About Global Currents

    Global National's Kevin Newman together with Global Television and
CanWest MediaWorks present Global Currents, a critically acclaimed, unique
series of hour-long, independently produced documentaries. The documentaries
represent the talents of Canada's best socio-political, environmental,
humanist and scientific documentary filmmakers.
www.globaltv.com/globalcurrents.





For further information:

For further information: For media screeners and interviews, please
contact: Yvonne Chiang, Global Television, (604) 422-6736,
ychiang@globaltv.com


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