An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at this year’s Digital MIPTV online spring market, running April 12-16. Ahead of the excitement, Realscreen presents the fourth in a series of roundups highlighting some of the titles being shopped.
CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution
The international content licensing arm of Canada’s public broadcaster has announced its 2021 spring selection in time for MIPTV. The slate includes several programs from the pubcaster’s unscripted and doc roster, including the award-winning documentary Sing Me a Lullaby and Wild Canadian Weather.
“Our goal has always been to be the home for elevated storytelling that captures the beauty and wonder of not just our natural world, but also the human experience,” Gwen Jones McCauley, director, global distribution, CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution, said in a statement. “Our spring selection really furthers that initiative with visually stunning, inspirational shows for every audience.”
The complete slate is below, with synopses courtesy of CBC:
State of the Planet (1 x 52 minutes, River Road Films, coming soon) — Using satellite data to create “earth-scale” infographics, this special charts the dramatic changes unfolding around the world, from the earliest evidence of human-made climate change to the rapid remodeling of our landscape today.
The Fence (1 x 52 minutes/ 1 x 78 minutes, Tortuga Films) — Prisoners of war and survivors reflect on how one of the longest incarcerations in WW2 affected their lives. The Fence examines the impact that time and history have on truth, memory, and forgiveness.
Wheeler’s Everest (1 x 78 minutes, Chiaro Productions) — From the halls of London’s storied Royal Geographical Society, to the French battlefields of WWI, to the green mountains of Darjeeling, India and, even higher, to a climactic trek through Tibet’s legendary Rongbuk Valley follow the great-grandson of world famous climber Oliver Wheeler as he retraces the first ever Everest expedition that took place over a century ago.
Sing me a Lullaby (1 x 29 minutes, Golden Nugget Productions) – In an act of love and determination, internationally acclaimed director Tiffany Hsiung embarks on a journey to Taipei to uncover the missing pieces of her mother’s fragmented past. This documentary weaves a tender, personal story about unexpected familial healing and connection.
Wild Canadian Weather (4 x 52 minutes, 4K, River Road Films) From the award winning natural history filmmaker Jeff Turner comes an epic new 4k nature series following stories of extreme weather as it forges the landscape, rules the life cycles of wildlife, and pushes humans to their limits.
Rebellion (1 x 52 minutes, Grand Passage Media) The film takes us to the front lines of the climate civil rights movement that is sweeping the world and reveals the momentum of a generation in revolt. From the streets of Delhi to the steps of Congress, hear from activists and public figures including Greta Thunberg, Jane Fonda, and Sir David Attenborough, as corporations and world leaders are taken to task.