Exciting announcements for 2021
Vancouver, BC (January 12, 2021) – On January 12, British Columbia’s public broadcaster, Knowledge Network turns 40, celebrating the milestone with a banner year of BC storytelling. In addition to the upcoming 4-part historical documentary series, British Columbia — A History, Knowledge Network commissioned 8 half-hour compilations made up of 78 original short films that shine a light on the history, art and culture that make BC truly unique.
Among the shorts are The Train Station, a personal, animated film that explores one family’s experience with residential schools in northern British Columbia. And, Nuxalk Radio, a compelling look into an Indigenous radio station based in Bella Coola, winner of the Sea to Sky award at last year’s Vancouver International Film Festival.
"This was a difficult story for me to tell,” says Lyana Patrick, director of The Train Station. “I hope this short film provides insight for all Canadians into the ongoing impacts of residential schools on Indigenous families and communities."
Nuxalk Radio filmmaker, Banchi Hanuse, echoes Patrick’s sentiments, "I commend Knowledge in recognizing the important stories of survival, resistance, and resurgence arising from distinct Indigenous Nations on unceded lands within so-called British Columbia".
Riding on the heels of the wildly popular series Search and Rescue: North Shore, Knowledge Network is proud to continue showcasing local, independent voices.
“Over four decades, Knowledge Network has honed its expertise in presenting the world’s best children's programs, dramas, and documentaries,” said Rudy Buttignol, President & CEO of Knowledge Network. “We have also steadily increased our investment in documentaries commissioned from BC’s talented community of independent filmmakers. These Knowledge Originals have made us more meaningful and popular than ever before with a million-plus weekly viewers to our television and streaming platforms. Thanks to the generous support of our 42,000 donors we will continue to present the stories that resonate with British Columbians in the years ahead.”
Knowledge Network presents the 8 half-hour compilations alongside a wide array of BC-focused programming every Thursday at 9pm until BC Day, and streaming across Canada for free on www.knowledge.ca and the Knowledge Network app.
About Knowledge Network:
British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is a viewer-supported public broadcaster exploring the world through its commercial-free television and streaming services. Knowledge Network works in partnership with independent producers in British Columbia and Canada to develop and commission children’s and documentary programs that educate, inform and inspire. For more information, visit www.knowledge.ca