April Highlights on The Documentary Channel
This April, The Documentary Channel looks at the pivotal nation of Pakistan, the world’s looming oil crisis and why more people choose to end their lives at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else on earth.
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)
April 27 through 29 at 8 p.m.
Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash explains how our civilization’s addiction to oil has put us on a collision course with nature. At the core of the film is a basic truth: oil is a finite commodity. The world’s oil supplies have, or will very soon, peak. Consequently, our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, needs to be completely re-imagined and overhauled if we are to survive into the next century.
Shot on location in Azerbaijan, Venezuela, the Middle East and Texas, the film features eye-opening interviews with the world’s top experts, including Colin Campbell, Matt Simmons, Roscoe Bartlett, Matt Savinar, Fadhil Chalabi and Robert Ebel. Produced and directed by award-winning journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, this intelligent and highly entertaining film features original music by Daniel Schnyder and Philip Glass.
The Bridge (2006)
April 6 through 8 at 8 p.m.
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is an American icon and a major tourist destination; it is also the site of more suicides than any other place in the world. In his debut documentary, director Eric Steele examines why this particular bridge is such a magnet for suicides. Shot over an entire year in 2004, The Bridge examines the nature of suicide and why people are drawn to the Golden Gate Bridge to end their lives. Steele’s camera captures 19 people as they take their final plunge, and supplements this with testimonials from grieving families and friends, suicide witnesses and even a jump survivor.
Pakistan Zindabad (2007)
April 20 through 22 at 8 p.m.
This August marks the 60th anniversary of the partition of India and the subsequent creation of Pakistan as a homeland for India’s Muslims. Pakistan Zindabad (Pakistan Forever) explores the genesis and paradoxes of this Muslim nation-state, which flanks the three world’s largest countries (China, Russia and India) as well as pivotal Muslim countries (Afghanistan and Iran).
Taking the recent earthquake as its central metaphor, the film uncovers five key “fault lines”that run through the history and politics of Pakistan, and examines the military, the militant Islamist groups, the democratic forces within the country and the key relationships with the United States and India.
Hot Docs Week
Thursday, April 12 through Thursday, April 19
The Documentary Channel salutes Hot Docs, Canada's acclaimed international documentary film festival. Hot Docs Week features some of the funniest, most provocative and most honoured films from past festivals, including 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep and Five Days in Gaza.