Television: a portrait of the world in 10 documentaries

Television: A portrait of the world in 10 documentaries


We live in an almost anxiety-provoking time. Wars that one might think of another era are raging under our helpless gaze. A labor shortage. An exploding healthcare system. A failing education system. A warming planet. Abuses. Inflation. Growing poverty. A lack of openness. Documentaries point us to our world, paint a portrait of it and allow us to take a sharper look at it. 


We talk a lot about immigration, but aside from the issue of quotas, we often don't dwell on the real issues or the rights and to the place occupied by new arrivals. Sonia Djelidi, human rights activist and committed citizen whom we saw in the 2020 documentary Breaking the code, teams up with Sarah Champagne, journalist at Devoir,and director Ky Vy Le Duc to investigate. It is well known that newcomers often find themselves in precarious jobs. If we cross the fields or spend time in a hospital, we see these workers who occupy an essential place while their conditions are derisory. A situation as unjust as it is inconceivable that we must remedy.

January 25, 8 p.m. on Télé-Québec 

Addicted: addiction disorders

There are many addiction issues. Emotional addiction, drugs, alcohol, gambling, adrenaline, you name it. As part of Bell Let's Talk Day, Marie-Mai meets people who suffer from it. Relatives also who testify, helpless, of people who got away with it. It will try to better understand them, assess the issues and highlight their impact. Marianne St-Gelais and Sophie Nélisse are among those met.

January 25 at 7 p.m. on Canal vie and January 27 at 9 p.m. on Noovo 

For a culture of consent

It is said that one in three women is a victim of sexual assault in Canada. Only 5% of assaults are reported to the police. And despite the #MeToo movement, abusers are still rampant and women are silent. It's disturbing to see how little progress is being made. Directors Jonathan and Jean-Laurence Seaborn looked into the matter. They were interested in Mélanie Lemay, co-founder of the Quebec movement against sexual violence and also testify to the daily life of the organization Viol-Secours. A work they carried out for four years, while the number of denunciations grew to initiate a change in culture and bring to light the inconceivable. They give victims a voice, show the importance of social and collective responsibility and paint an optimistic picture of the future in a struggle that is far from over.

January 21 10:30 p.m. on ICI Télé 

Les femmes de Raël

Sectarian movements wreak havoc. Raël has plagued Quebec for decades. His followers were completely devoted to him. Eryka Reyburn followed Sylvie and Martine, two women who spent a long part of their lives (25 years) under the yoke of the man with the hat. They return to the places that have limited, isolated, blinded them. This domain of Valcourt where Rael was king. Two intelligent, educated, free women. They are proof that a guru can scam anyone. And that once in gear, this way of life takes over. These women, like so many other disciples, sacrificed themselves for the one they saw as a god. Under cover of science, Raël exploited women, created victims.

January 26, 8 p.m. on ICI RDI 

Odyssey under the ice

Global warming worries. It reaches the ice and disrupts our ecosystems. The Madelinot Mario Cyr, photographer specializing in the seabed, explores with his colleague, Jill Heinerth, the caves of the four corners of the world. An expedition to the heart of the beauty of the Arctic, the beauty of the world. The one that must be preserved.

February 4 at 9 p.m. on ICI Explora 


A series in four episodes combining documentary, fiction and animation that tells the story of Canadian Afro-descendants. A story sadly marked by slavery, exile, but also resilience and resistance.

From February 7 at 8 p.m. on ICI RDI 

Racism on the ice

As part of Black History Month, this documentary by Hubert Davis presented at the Toronto Film Festival, co-produced by Drake and LeBron James, looks back on a history of discrimination in the world of hockey. We discover the existence between 1895 and 1925 of an all-black league in Nova Scotia. Today, they are almost non-existent in the NHL. An environment greatly in search of role models. 

February 22, 10 p.m. on Canal D 

Extraordinary moms< /em>

Together, Bianca Longpré and Mélissa Bédard are mothers (or stepmothers) of 10 children. Mental load, organization, support, they know what the education of their offspring represents on a daily basis and the importance of supporting them in their development. They wanted to tour Quebec and stop in fifteen municipalities to greet 21 moms who stand out. Women with different backgrounds who inspire, who get involved and who always respond despite the pitfalls. Moving portraits, but also full of hope and benevolence. 

From February 21 on VRAI 

School differently

The pandemic has brought to light more than ever the imbalance that persists in our education system and of which our children are the first victims. There is a two-speed education. There is a crying lack of teachers, specialists also to supervise a growing clientele of young people with special needs. Some schools are no longer adequate, students are lagging behind in certain subjects, particularly science. What are we waiting for to make changes, to put our young people first? In search of solutions, documentary filmmaker Erik Cimon met teachers, ex-teachers, private and public directors, politicians including Christine Labrie and Marwah Rizqy, and sociologist Guy Rocher. 

< p>►February 22 at 8 p.m. on Télé-Québec 

The means of the middle class

Food prices are rising. Houses have reached astronomical prices. Interest rates are on the rise. Isabelle Maréchal wonders how, in these circumstances, the middle class manages to arrive, to make ends meet. She leads the investigation, goes to meet citizens. She also wonders if our consumption has changed, if the needs and desires of this clientele have increased and if a balance is possible.

March 15, 8 p.m. on Télé-Québec