“Unravelling church secrets – The Fifth Estate” & “Prey” a TVO documentary

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“Unravelling church secrets”   (The Fifth Estate)

from The Fifth Estate website

In an investigation into clergy abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in Canada, we follow abuse survivors on their quest for accountability. They are demanding that church officials reveal secret files — information on who the abusers are or were, who knew about it and what was done. In the United States, judicial investigations are exposing details of the church’s secret archives there. More than 6,700 credibly accused clergy members have been publicly identified. And yet in Canada victims say there is little information. Our investigation focuses on the diocese of Vancouver where the archbishop has vowed to be more open.


Prey (A TVO documentary)

from TVO website

TVO Original documentary Prey was honoured with two top awards at the 2019 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival: the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary, and the DGC Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary.

Prey is a moving and unflinching account of a of a sexual abuse survivor’s legal fight against the Catholic Church. Most civil court cases seeking damages due to sex abuse by the clergy are settled out of court and kept quiet. In Prey, Rod MacLeod, who as a boy was abused for years by a Catholic priest and teacher, chooses a public trial to shine a light on these cases.

The feature documentary, which will have its World Broadcast and Streaming Premiere on TVO and tvo.org later this fall, was directed by Matt Gallagher, produced by Cornelia Principe, and co-produced and edited by Nick Hector.

“We’ve commissioned many films over the years, but Prey was truly special,” says Linda Fong, Independent Production Officer for Documentaries at TVO. “The response from the Hot Docs audience was powerful and overwhelming.  Many were moved to tears when the survivors in the film stood up to a standing ovation. Their courage and grace were humbling, and it was a privilege for us to help bring this important story to audiences across the country.”

(The following is from TVO website but can be viewed only in Canada.  Click in the square lower (R) corner to enlarge  screen)

The following is from youtube and available to viewers in Canada, the USA, UK and, I believe, elsewhere:

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1 Response to “Unravelling church secrets – The Fifth Estate” & “Prey” a TVO documentary

  1. bc says:

    Charlotte North Carolina`s NPR WFAE is airing a 4 part podcast/investigation on why the Diocese of Charlotte is one of about 30 dioceses (US total:197) in the United States which hasn’t made public it’s lists of credibly accused clerics.


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