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Exclusive clip: CBC Docs POV’s “Prison Pump”

Former teen drug kingpin Jose Alejandro Vivar is leaving the past behind, as depicted in a new documentary for the CBC Docs strand ‘POV.’ Directed by Gary Lang, Prison Pump tells the story of Vivar (pictured), ...
September 27, 2018

Former teen drug kingpin Jose Alejandro Vivar is leaving the past behind, as depicted in a new documentary for the CBC Docs strand ‘POV.’

Directed by Gary LangPrison Pump tells the story of Vivar (pictured), who was arrested as a teenager in Toronto and served eight and a half years in prison before earning parole. Although acquitted of the murder of a rival gang leader, Vivar was caught in a sting operation in 2007 and imprisoned on charges relating to possession of drugs and firearms.

The documentary also follows Vivar’s newfound freedom to share the 25/7 fitness program he devised in prison with the clients of his gym in Scarborough, Ontario. He promotes healthy living, including for ex-convicts struggling to re-enter society and uses the playful use of criminal wordplay to inspire his classes — stationary running becomes running from the police, for example.

Vivar had to relocate outside of the city of Toronto after being targeted in a shooting while leading an early-morning exercise class in a downtown park.

Ed Barreveld produces and Shasha Nakhai associate produces for Storyline Entertainment.

Prison Pump will have its broadcast premiere on CBC this Friday (Sept. 28) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It will be made available to stream at noon ET on the same day.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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