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The ABSOLUTELY MARITIMES summer series of independent documentaries and CBC music and comedy specials airs Saturdays at 8 p.m. this summer on CBC Television.

CBC Maritimes worked closely with independent filmmakers throughout the region to produce this six-week series. Audiences will see hour-long documentaries that delve into such topics as racism, bullying, current struggles in the lobster industry and a glimpse into war era Halifax.

"These are all home grown stories and productions. The producers work very hard to tell stories that are close to their hearts and their homes and we are delighted to broadcast these programs in prime time," says Peter Hall, senior manager, arts, documentary and performance programming, CBC Maritimes.

ABSOLUTELY MARITIMES summer series includes:

June 29: It Was The Dance A documentary, produced and directed by Fredericton, N.B.’s Acrolet International’s Semra Yüksel, about an inter-racial couple who suffer racism in Fredericton after the Second World War. It tells their story and examines the cruelty and effects of racism in New Brunswick and is also a launching point to examine the complex history and reality of racism that remains today.

July 6: Everyone’s Famous A comedy, produced by Angus Swantee and Walter Forsyth and directed by Andrew Bush, which follows 30-year-old Donald who always wanted to be a ‘somebody’ but settled for being a decent guy with a decent girlfriend, working at a decent call centre. Donald becomes ‘internet famous’ after an embarrassing video of him goes viral, providing an unexpected new lease on fame.

July 13: The Boy Who Was Bullied A documentary, produced and directed by Greg Hemmings at Hemmings House Pictures Ltd. in Saint John, N.B., about New Brunswick native John Peters Humphrey, a disabled man who fought for global human rights. It is told through the eyes of a disabled 13-year-old girl, Abigail Godreau, who lives in the same town in which Humphrey grew up. She too has lost an arm. Abigail is an ambassador for War Amps and an inspiration to her peers.

July 20: Trapped A documentary that follows a group of independent Atlantic lobster fishermen who are not just fishing for their livelihood, but trying to preserve their future. Produced by Johanna Eliot of Halifax’s Ocean Entertainment, the story is not just a microcosm of what’s happening to small fishing communities in Atlantic Canada, it’s a microcosm of our rapidly changing world, told from a unique perspective.

July 27: Dancing Was My Duty – Halifax was the last stop for hundreds of thousands of soldiers on their way to Europe and the Second World War. They were young men, many still in their teens who gathered in Halifax on their way overseas and were looking for love and recreation before facing war. This one-hour documentary, produced and directed by Vicki Grant, explores how they transformed this small east coast city.

Aug 3: East Coast Sessions with David Myles and Classified (8 p.m.) David Myles and Classified perform Inner Ninja and other songs before a live audience at CBC Halifax’s Studio H. It is a singular opportunity to see them perform and hear them talk about their musical relationship. Followed at 8:30 p.m. by Tom Forrestall: Painting The Mystery, a documentary, produced, written and directed, by Chuck Lapp of Halifax’s Envision Productions Ltd., that reveals an intimate portrait of the Nova Scotia artist who is world renowned for his realistic paintings and ability to capture Atlantic Canada landscapes. In this program Forrestall speaks candidly about suffering with epilepsy and how the condition influences his art.

Air Times

Saturdays at 8 p.m. AT
June 29-August 3, 2013