The Invisible Red Thread
- Documentary. 54:00 mins. English/Mandarin with English subtitles
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Vivian Lum is one of over 100,000 girls who have been adopted worldwide since China opened its doors to international adoption in 1991. Vivian describes herself as a typical North American teenager, but who might Vivian have been if she hadn't been one of the international adoptees, and was adopted instead by a Chinese family?
The Invisible Red Thread follows 15 year-old Vivian from Canada to China. Together with her adoptive father, Vivian returns to the city of her birth in China's southern Jiangxi Province where she meets Shumin Zhu, a fourteen-year-old girl who was also abandoned as an infant, but adopted by a couple in rural China. Vivian and Shumin compare lives and discover surprising similarities and differences. Through Vivian and Shumin's stories, The Invisible Red Thread explores the ripple effects of China's One Child Policy across two continents, and the ties that still connect Vivian to China.
Watchers of the North
- Broadcaster: APTN
- 6 x 30 min. documentary series
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Watchers of the North follows military reservists known as the Canadian Rangers in two of Canada's most northern communities, Taloyoak and Gjoa Haven in Nunavut. These Canadian Rangers are officially the military's 'eyes and ears' of the North across 169 mainly remote coastal communities. Watchers of the North takes viewers on duty as the Rangers rescue lost hunters, track downed planes, teach Canadian Armed Forces personnel how to survive in the extreme north all the while passing on First Nations and Inuit traditions to the younger comers. The Rangers' on-duty and off-duty lives unfold in stories that portray the complexities and challenges of life in the Canadian North.