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Oscar-winning documentary The Cove follows a secret mission to expose the heart-breaking practice of dolphin hunting, Sunday Oct 16 on The Passionate Eye

The Cove shocked the world by exposing the truth of Japan's dolphin hunt, and among its many accolades, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. It airs on CBC News Network's THE PASSIONATE EYE, Sunday, Oct. 16. Also in October: a documentary that looks at how social media has fueled political change during the "Arab Spring", and a unique look at how women are posing topless to focus attention on breast cancer.

The Cove - Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
The point-of-view documentary The Cove follows an elite team of filmmakers, free-divers and activists as they embark on a secret mission to a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan. Former "Flipper" dolphin trainer Richard O'Barry became an activist when he realized that the multi-billion dollar industry he helped create was supporting dolphin captivity. Unable to expose the activities in Taiji, he enlisted the help of director Louie Psihoyos and his team. Using James Bond-like tactics, and state-of-the-art hidden surveillance, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, they penetrate the tightly-guarded cove to document and expose the heart-breaking practice of dolphin hunting conducted there. 

Besides winning the Oscar for Best Documentary, The Cove has won numerous awards around the world including the Audience Choice Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The Cove is produced by the Oceanic Preservation Society.

Baring It All - Monday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. ET
This inspiring documentary puts a beautiful face on the heroism of breast cancer by profiling four extraordinary young women who choose to pose topless for New York-based fashion photographer David Jay. All four women, who are in different stages of battling breast cancer, become subjects of his groundbreaking photographic series, The SCAR Project. Determined to restore their faith in life and in their own beauty, Jay creates a photographic series of the young survivors. The portraits are beautiful yet challenging. The result is cathartic and empowering. Baring It All is a story of acceptance, a journey of rediscovery, and a celebration of life. Baring It Allis directed and produced by Patricia Zagarella for Lost in Vision Entertainment.

How Facebook Changed the World: The Arab Spring - Sunday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
This timely documentary investigates how social media influenced the Arab Spring and fanned the winds of political and social change from Tunisia to Egypt, Bahrain to Libya. Using video and still photographs shot on mobile phones, How Facebook Changed the World reveals how revolutions of the 21st century are being driven by the blogging, Facebooking and tweeting generation. For the first time in history, world-changing events were recorded hour by hour by the man and woman on the street. A unique filmed record now exists charting the downfall of tyrants in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and exposing the unimaginable brutality of embattled regimes in other parts of the Arab world.

How Facebook Changed the World offers the inside story on how these movements started on the streets, went viral on the internet, and ultimately reached the highest offices of power. Presented by Mishal Hussein; produced by the BBC.

Breaking the Silence - Monday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Breaking the Silence
is an unforgettable documentary that uncovers a new sex scandal and accusations of a coverup within the Catholic Church. In 2009, five Canadians joined together with men from around the world on the internet--and together they uncovered a long history of sexual, physical and mental abuse at two boarding schools in England and Tanzania run by a Catholic Order called the Rosminians. All of the men had stayed silent for decades, each thinking he was the only one until they connected in cyberspace. The men took their claims against four priests to the head of the Rosminian Order. Confronted with the accusations, all of the priests wrote letters of apology to the men. But the abuse was never publicly disclosed and the Rosminian Order continues to deny all liability. Now, in the North American premiere of Breaking the Silence, they speak for the first time on camera about the abuse they endured, the tragic effects on the rest of their lives and the legal proceedings they have launched against the Catholic Order that ran the boarding schools.

The Canadian men who appear in the documentary, Francis Lionnet (Montreal), Wayne Mollison (Calgary), Bill Tierney (Cape Breton) and John Poppleton (living in San Francisco) are available for interviews. Breaking the Silenceis produced and narrated by Olenka Frenkiel for Blakeway Productions in the UK in association with CBC News Network.

I Shouldn't Be Alive: Crashed in the Jungle - Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. ET; River of Fear - Wednesday Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. ET; and Alone in the Amazon - Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. ET.

Three harrowing true stories of survival against the odds: Crashed in the Jungle is the story of newlyweds Brandon and Brandy Wiley who are on a backpacking adventure in Costa Rica when their eight-person Cessna crashes in dense tropical rainforest. They survive, along with three others, but two people are seriously injured, and the chances of rescue appear remote. When darkness falls, the group face poisonous spiders, swarming ants and jungle predators. Brandon and Brandy face a terrible dilemma--do they go in search of help or stay with the two injured men?

In River of Fear, construction contractor David Whittlesey embarks on a three-week, 280-mile white-water rafting expedition, opting to tackle some of America's most gruelling rapids on his own. Just days away from completing his journey, David's raft capsizes and he loses all of his life-saving supplies. As he attempts to scale a cliff face--his only way out--he falls and injures himself. He is trapped, alone and knows that hypothermia could kill him before anyone even knows where he is or that his life is in danger.

And in Alone in the Amazon, Brit Benedict Allen embarks on an epic six-month expedition which will take him from the mouth of the Orinoco River to the Mouth of the Amazon River, through six-hundred miles of uncharted jungle. On the final leg of his journey, Benedict finds himself on the run from gold miners who rob and threaten to kill him. Fearing for his life, he is forced to tackle the wilds of the Amazon with only his faithful dog for company, as he faces a 100-mile journey through dense rainforest, near starvation, malaria and a severe case of "jungle madness".

FOR OCT. 12 - 29

I Shouldn't Be Alive: Crashed in the Jungle

Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. ET

The Cove

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Baring It All

Monday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. ET

I Shouldn't Be Alive: River of Fear

Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. ET

Detroit Plane Bomber

Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

How Facebook Changed the World: The Arab Spring

Sunday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Breaking the Silence 

Monday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

I Shouldn't Be Alive: Alone in the Amazon

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. ET

Chocolate: The Bitter Truth

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

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