On Docs

Join Colin Ellis for this podcast on documentaries and the stories they tell. He'll introduce you to filmmakers who give us fascinating takes on people, perspectives and what it means to be human.


Air Date: February 14, 2019 - 27:50
Colin, Matt, and Chantal discuss the five nominees for best documentary feature at the 2019 Academy Awards.
Air Date: January 17, 2019 - 30:06
What if the story around Japan's whaling culture isn't so black and white? Ten years after The Cove inspired a new generation of anti-whaling activism, Megumi Sasaki returned to Japan to explore its historical and cultural relationship with whaling.
Air Date: December 13, 2018 - 30:43
Colin speaks with the director of The Invisible Heart about a growing trend: using social-impact bonds to fund government programs.
Air Date: December 06, 2018 - 27:21
Colin joins acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Min Sook Lee for a conversation about the overlapping roles of activism and documentary filmmaking.
Air Date: November 29, 2018 - 30:54
Vanessa Loewen and Stephanie Scott took six Canadians on a cross-country journey to dispel their misconceptions about Canada's First Nation communities.
Air Date: November 22, 2018 - 26:01
Colin speaks to anthropologist Sine Plambech and filmmaker Janus Metz, who spent 10 years documenting migration marriages in Denmark between Thai women supporting families back home and Danish men looking for companionship.
Air Date: November 15, 2018 - 27:37
Filmmaker Shasha Nakhai tells Colin how the power grid affects life in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where half the residents have no reliable access to power.
Air Date: November 08, 2018 - 22:57
Colin joins director Sarah Fodey and Canadian Armed Forces veteran Patti Gray for a live discussion on The Fruit Machine.
Air Date: November 01, 2018 - 23:30
Colin speaks with the directors of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch on the ways human activity have fundamentally changed the planet.
Air Date: October 25, 2018 - 30:29
Filmmaker Deeyah Khan speaks with Colin about meeting members of the white power movement in the U.S. to gain a better understanding of what motivates them to hate.
Air Date: October 25, 2018 - 34:23
Colin Ellis speaks with filmmaker Astra Taylor, whose latest film explores what democracy means - and why it's in trouble.
Air Date: October 17, 2018 - 00:58
Welcome to On Docs, our new TVO Podcast on documentaries and the stories they tell. Subscribe now for episodes that begin October 2018.