A one-hour special hosted by Rosie O'Donnell follows at 9 p.m. ET
TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - This May, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) presents the Canadian premiere of the highly anticipated Chaz Bono documentary Becoming Chaz on May 15. Becoming Chaz will be the first film to air as part of the OWN Documentary Film Club,
which was created to spotlight cinematic documentaries that inspire,
entertain and engage audiences.
Becoming Chaz made its world premiere to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival
2011 and will premiere on OWN Sunday, May 15 at 7 p.m. The film follows Chaz Bono's emotional and physical transition from a
woman to a man, a journey of identity and self-discovery. Growing up,
Chastity was a shy person who never felt comfortable in the spotlight
as the only child of Sonny & Cher. She also felt uncomfortable as a
woman and struggled with living inside a body that she knew wasn't
truly hers. Deciding there was no choice but to undergo sex
reassignment surgery, Chaz Bono documented his deeply personal
transformation so that others can learn from his experience.
Directed and produced by veteran Sundance filmmakers Fenton Bailey and
Randy Barbato, who along with their production company World of Wonder,
have been the creative forces behind a long history of powerful,
groundbreaking and innovative documentaries and features. Immediately
following Becoming Chaz at 9 p.m. ET, Rosie O'Donnell will host a one-hour special, where she talks with Chaz, his girlfriend
Jennifer Elia, the filmmakers and other transgender people and their
families about this life changing experience.
OWN will also premiere Extraordinary Moms, executive produced by Julia Roberts, No Woman, No Cry, from Christy Turlington Burns and The Truth of My Sex on Sunday nights in May at 7 p.m. ET.
Executive produced by Julia Roberts, Extraordinary Moms, explores the power of mothers, featuring courageous, brilliant and
awe-inspiring women who share a powerful connection: the love they have
for their children combined with a fierce desire to protect the future
of all children. These women include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell and ABC's Christiane Amanpour, along with inspirational everyday moms, have candid conversations
about how to raise good kids, how to balance work and family and the
power women possess to change the world for the better. Their stories
prove that a mother's strength can fight armies, outwit politicians,
demand that corporations change their priorities and work to preserve
the ecological balance of the world. Extraordinary Moms, premieres on Sunday, May 8 at 7 p.m. ET and is produced by Red Om Films and Creative Visions Productions, with
executive producers Kathy Eldon, Lisa Gillan and Philip Rose and
producers Jacoba Atlas and Kyra Thompson.
In her directorial debut, Christy Turlington Burns' No Woman, No Cry is a gripping documentary that tells the personal stories of pregnant
women and their caregivers in four countries as they try to avoid
becoming maternal mortality statistics. Turlington puts audiences in
the shoes of a young Maasai mother who has gone into labour and must
walk five miles to the nearest clinic, a pregnant woman in the slums of
Dhaka, Bangladesh too ashamed to seek care, a pregnant obstetrician
helping women who have no choice but to undergo illegal and dangerous
abortions in Guatemala, and a midwife in central Florida who serves
pregnant women who are denied prenatal care because they are
uninsured. This film is from Turly Pictures and premieres Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. ET.
Through emotional and sometimes shocking personal stories, The Truth of My Sex looks at the condition where babies are born with genitalia that are
neither exclusively male or female. Through their stories the film
looks at how the condition presents itself, the prescribed medical
treatment and the stigma of being born 'intersex.' This compelling
documentary premieres Sunday, May 29 at 7 p.m. ET.
On March 1, 2011, OWN launched in over six million Canadian homes on
what was previously the VIVA channel.
OWN is available in Canada through a licence agreement with OWN: Oprah
About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
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entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives. In the
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on what was the Discovery Health Channel. The venture also includes the
award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. For more information, please visit www.oprah.com/own.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment
company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio
with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting,
children's book publishing and children's animation. The Company's
multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon
(Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV,
Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can
Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country
105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded
entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms.
A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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