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Sunday September 24 at 9 p.m. ET/9:30 p.m. NT

Lana Šlezić’s Bee Nation is a heart-warming and inspiring film about the First Nations youth and their families in Saskatchewan who compete at their first-ever provincial and national Canadian Spelling Bee. Bee Nation will premiere on Sunday, September 24 at  9 p.m. ET / 9:30 p.m. NT, across Canada on CBC’s weekly point-of-view documentary series CBC DOCS POV.

The Canadian documentary Bee Nation was selected as the opening night film at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival. The film has been screened across Canada and has developed collaborative partnerships including Indspire, an indigenous-led charity investing in education and fostering bright futures for First NationMétis, and Inuit youth.
About Lana Šlezić:

Director Lana Šlezić is an award winning Canadian photographer and filmmaker. She has authored the internationally acclaimed book, Forsaken, which won numerous awards and was selected by American Photo Magazine in 2008, as one of the Top Ten photo books of the year. Among other awards, she also won a World Press Photo award for her portrait series on Afghan women entitled,A Window Inside. Lana has lived in India, Turkey, Afghanistan, and the UAE and has a body of photographic work that has been published globally, including National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Macleans, The Walrus and many more.

More recently, Lana has turned her storytelling eye to film and has produced, directed and/or shot several commercial works and short documentaries, including Breaking CasteSerhiy’s Story, and The Little Things. Her latest short film, Andy Barrie: The Voice, is a candid portrait of former CBC radio host Andy Barrie’s struggle with Parkinson’s Disease and was featured at the 2016 Hot Docs Film Festival.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.

Social Media Handles:
@CBCdocs and #CBCFirstHand
@beenationfilm @lanaslezic



For further information, media preview link, images and interview requests:

Publicity: Robyn MogilPartner, TARO PR (416) 817-3950 /
CBC Media Contact: Nicola Makoway (416)

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