"Global Currents" - Critically acclaimed news documentary series returns March 10



    Global National's Kevin Newman hosts all-new season

    VANCOUVER, March 5 /CNW/ - Global Television, along with Global
National's Kevin Newman, are pleased to present another season of the
critically acclaimed "Global Currents" documentary series.
    Launching March 10th at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Global Television, each weekly,
one-hour, independently-produced documentary showcases the talents of Canada's
best socio-political, environmental, humanist and scientific documentary
filmmakers.
    "Global Currents" reflects a 'new journalism': character-driven stories
about socially relevant issues important to all Canadians. Documentaries in
this strand were selected for their original content and unique context while
providing a distinctly Canadian point of view.

    
    "Global Currents" Season Two Premieres and Encore Presentation Schedule:
    -   March 10 -  Homefront
    -   March 17 -  Thin Ice
    -   March 24 -  Polygamy's Lost Boys (encore)
    -   March 31 -  Shattered Dreams
    -   April 7 -   Corporations in the Classroom
    -   April 21 -  Homefront (encore)
    -   April 28 -  Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey (encore)
    -   May 5    -  Big Business, Big Union, Small Town
    

    (*)Broadcast schedules are subject to change.

    Season Two Documentaries:
    Homefront is a documentary about the behind-the-scenes stories of
families who are left behind while our Canadian military are engaged in a
dangerous mission in Afghanistan. Produced and directed by Edmonton filmmaker
Ava Karvonen, the documentary tracks the emotional journey of five families
and chronicles the challenges of their beloved soldiers caught in the war
against terror in Afghanistan.

    Thin Ice documents the political battle between Canada and Denmark on
sovereignty claims over a cold and desolate northern Artic island known as
Hans Island. The Arctic ice is melting and nations are rushing to stake their
claim on the world's "final frontier," which is rich in oil and gas, minerals
and fish stocks. Directed and produced by George Browne, the documentary also
explores the science behind the melt and offers new insight to the global
warming debate.

    Shattered Dreams follows the crusade of Ian Brewster, a black youth
worker in Toronto in search of reasons why the city's black community is on
the verge of a crisis involving violence and criminality. Ian works with young
offenders in the heart of Toronto's most dangerous neighbourhoods where
violence begets a code of silence and where police officers are seen as the
enemy. Produced and directed by Marta Nielsen, this documentary is about Ian's
quest for the dignity, optimism and pride he feels his culture has lost and
how the black community can reclaim the dignity that the civil rights movement
once gave them.

    Corporations in the Classroom examines how a $2 billion marketing
industry enables corporations to market directly to school age children with
few or no regulations in place to govern these campaigns. Jill Sharpe's latest
documentary reveals that because education funding is falling short, school
administrators are struggling to keep the gates closed to corporations
offering promotions, sponsorships and even free curriculum. The film also
showcases how some schools are fighting back and are succeeding in keeping the
classrooms safe from the marketing power of corporations.

    Big Business, Big Union, Small Town explores how a small town like
Weyburn, Saskatchewan is caught in the middle of a global battle between one
of Canada's largest unions and the world's largest corporation - Wal-Mart. The
small community known as "Opportunity City" fought hard to secure a major
retailer like Wal-mart to draw other people from surrounding towns. Now, the
town is divided in a union fight that will have major repercussions in
organized labour and Wal-Mart stores across Canada and North America.

    For more information on Global Currents documentaries including photos
and video highlights, please visit www.globaltv.com/globalcurrents.

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


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