Here’s a list of specials that will air on CBC.
Tonya Lee Williams Gospel Jubilee showcases the talents of hot newcomers and veteran artists, including the acclaimed Sharon Reilly and Faith Chorale-who not only perform, but also provide back up and vocal support for all the acts. Airs Thursday, March 11 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT).
Tonya Lee Williams.
Photo credit Charles Bush.
Iran: A Murder Mystery
In June 2003, after living in exile for nearly 30 years in Canada, photojournalist Zahra Kazemi returned to Iran and began photographing the student protests. The country was tense, turbulent and paranoid. Three weeks later, Kazemi was dead. It airs Monday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld’s The Passionate Eye.
From the Heart: The Life and Times of Janet Conners Janet Conners’ story is a classic David and Goliath tale-proof the ordinary individual has the power to change society. This housewife from Nova Scotia took on the Red Cross and Canada’s most powerful politicians and lawmakers-and won. Conners and her late husband, Randy, battled for compensation for those infected with HIV from this country’s tainted blood system. They fought for an inquiry into Canada’s biggest public health scandal-an inquiry that resulted in criminal charges and the demise of the Red Cross as the nation’s blood collection agency. Since then, Conners has continued her public crusade for the AIDS movement, while valiantly battling the disease herself. From the Heart: The Life and Times of Janet Conners airs Tuesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. on CBC Television’s LIFE AND TIMES.
CBC Television’s OPENING NIGHT presents Practice, Practice, Practice and Shadow Pleasures, Thursday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Practice, Practice, Practice is a one-hour documentary that follows the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, as they become only the third Canadian orchestra to grace the stage of Carnegie Hall. The second segment of the program, Shadow Pleasures, is written and narrated by internationally acclaimed author Michael Ondaatje. The performance film explores the sensual imagery of the writer’s imagination translated into dance, music and spoken word. It is conceived and directed by Veronica Tennant.
Wrestling With Destiny: Life and Times of Daniel Igali
The 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, B.C. were almost over and Daniel Igali had a decision to make. The Nigerian wrestler hadn’t done that well in competition-but knew if he wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a champion, he’d have to leave his country and start over in a new land…with nothing. Lucky for Canada. Igali’s decision in 1994 to apply for refugee status paid off in gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Four years in the making, Wrestling With Destiny features extraordinary access to Igali, documenting his journey from unknown refugee in Canada to triumphant hero in his homeland. As Igali prepares to defend his Olympic title this summer in Athens, LIFE AND TIMES profiles his amazing story, Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. on CBC Television.
Opening Ceremonies of the 2004 Artic Winter Games
Terry Leibel hosts the OPENING CEREMONIES OF THE WOOD BUFFALO 2004 ARCTIC WINTER GAMES, Sunday, Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. (1:30 AT, 2 NT) from Fort McMurray, heart of the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta, on CBC Television. This unique, international eight-day event features 1,600 athletes, 250 coaches and 100 cultural performers and representatives from around the circumpolar world.
Finally, on Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m., CBC Television presents the Canadian television premiere of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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