We're pretty pumped to announce that VICE Canada Reports, a series of documentaries exploring controversial topics across this country, has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in the Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media—Non Fiction category. (It's as prestigious a category as it is lengthy.)
The awards, hosted by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, honour "productions and talent who excel in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes in Canadian film, television and digital media."The awards will be announced on March 8.
We asked VICE Canada Head of Content, Patrick McGuire, what he thinks about the nomination and he is, understandably, stoked.
"In 2014 and 2015, we worked really hard to produce and publish documentaries on the alleged radicalization of ISIS militants in Calgary, the abortion access dilemma in the maritimes, alcohol prohibition in Nunavut, and the future of weed in Canada," he said.
"It feels amazing to be recognized, our production team is the best there is, and we're happy to be nominated at the very least."
The following titles are up for the award:
"Homegrown Radicals." VICE founder Suroosh Alvi went to Calgary—declared a hotbed of terrorism by the media—to investigate the radicalization of Muslim youths there.
"Abortion Access in the Maritimes" explores the limited access to abortions in New Brunswick, where there are few options for women in need and PEI, where abortions are not performed at all.
"Prohibition In Northern Canada" takes a look at the policy of alcohol prohibition in parts of Nunavut, where crime and suicide rates are far higher than in the rest of the country.
"The New Era Canadian Sex Work" speaks to politicians and law enforcement about the potential dangers of Bill C-36, a federal law that made it illegal to advertise sex work and criminalized johns who sought out these services.
"No Pipelines" is about the impact of anti-terror Bill C-51 on BC's Unist'ot'en Clan, which is refusing to allow oil and gas companies to develop on its territory.
In "The Cash Crop", part of VICE's Canadian Cannabis series, host Damian Abraham travels to Vancouver and Denver to compare the grey market to a legalized system.