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First Contact: A fine, gripping journey into old and new prejudices – Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on September 11, 201862 Views

Today, two very great and important productions to recommend. So keep reading to the end.

First, some versions of reality TV programming can have a positive impact. They can educate and open your eyes. They can change cultural and political assumptions. Even smugness can be undermined.

Such is the case with the first-rate and formidably eye-opening First Contact (APTN, Tuesday, 7 p.m., continuing Wednesday and Thursday, same time.) It’s a simple exercise in taking a small group of Canadians – all with strong, hard-baked opinions about Indigenous people – on a 28-day exploration of Indigenous Canada. The series promises, “It is a journey that will turn their lives upside down, challenging their perceptions and confronting their prejudices about a world they never imagined they would see.” That’s true, and it’s a necessary exercise since their views are, regrettably, not marginal but probably closer to the mainstream than many of us would admit. It’s just that the attitudes are rarely uttered in public.

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