Meet our 2018 mentees!
The CBC Doc Mentorship Program is an ongoing professional development initiative that teams veteran documentary makers/editors with emerging producers to bring fresh and innovative stories to life. We regularly review applications from CBC producers, audio storytellers, and radio freelancers hoping to participate in the program. Congratulations to our most recent round of successful applicants — we look forward to hearing your stories come to life!
Pascal will will team up with mentor Alison Cook to tell the story of his aunt, a Vietnamese lady who was forced by her abusive husband to work as a seamstress confined in her basement for 30 years to pay for the living cost of her 3 children. The doc will take a close humanistic view on the odd and ordinary life of immigrants in Quebec isolated through language and power differentials.
Paula Duhatschek is a reporter and associate producer with CBC London. She got her start as a student by selling a short doc to CBC Windsor's afternoon show, and interned in current affairs with CBC Calgary.
In reporting another story, Paula met a fellow journalist in southwestern Ontario whose paper was one of many shut down in the fall of 2017. Tired of layoffs and not yet ready to leave the field, this reporter took matters into her own hands, and started her own local paper. Paula is excited to team up with Now or Never's Sara Tate to tell a story about the ideals of local news coming up against the demands of life.
Jennifer is thrilled to be working with Alison Cook to produce a documentary about names and the way they shape our identities. It's based on her family's experience of having changed their names as they immigrated to Canada from South Korea 14 years ago.
Ieva is honoured to be working with Sara Tate to produce a documentary for Now Or Never. It will take you on a journey with a woman who quit her job to hike around the world after nearly dying from a pulmonary embolism. She is focused on making the most of her "hiketime life" as she calls it, but in doing so she may be leaving her friends and family behind.
Matthew is delighted to be working with mentor Karen Levine to produce an intimate documentary for The Sunday Edition about raising a daughter in a multi-parent family. It's the story of how two queer couples came together and — in a profound act of love and trust — chose to create a modern family. The documentary will offer a glimpse inside the inner workings of both households and, ultimately, reflect on the beauty, complexity and love that can be created when you least expect it.
This story explores the journey of a Syrian musician who was forced to abandon his one-of-a-kind collection of ouds when he fled Syria. The documentary will follow his quest to finally bring the collection to Canada, including orphaned instruments that were entrusted to him by friends. Using the voice of the ouds and the musician's love of music to chart his journey, this documentary offers a window into our shared humanity and the enduring power of art.
This will be Lauren's first radio documentary, and she's delighted to be working with mentor Alison Cook to tell Beverly Ndukwu's story. Eleven years ago, Beverly's seven-year-old sister died from complications of sickle cell disease. Lauren and Beverly were acquaintances then, and Lauren attended the funeral without knowing anything about the disease. Since then Bev and Lauren have become close friends. The doc will explore the impact that sickle cell has had on Beverly's life, and what she's doing to honour her sister's memory.
In her latest project, Donya will work with The Sunday Edition's Karen Levine, looking into the rise in egg freezing. A growing number of women in Canada are turning to the procedure to take control of their career and life trajectories. But whether egg freezing is truly empowering for women is the subject of heated debate. Donya takes a deep dive into these debates in her latest doc, looking into the industry's promises and its medical and ethical grey zones.
Alexandra is beyond excited to be working with Jeff Goodes to produce a short documentary for White Coat, Black Artabout the experience of a friend who underwent a double mastectomy after a breast cancer diagnosis. The piece will examine one woman's experience with breast re-construction surgery, her realization that beauty doesn't need to include breasts, and her belief that mastectomy patients shouldn't automatically be steered toward implants.