TLN Original Productions

Over the years, TLN has renewed its commitment to producing exclusive Canadian made original programs highlighting the people, events, and issues that matter most to Italian and Hispanic Canadians.

English language  |  30 min  |  2018

When Ted learns an old co-worker has recently won the lottery, he immediately starts plotting to get some of the money.  Soon an elaborate kidnapping-for-ransom plan starts to take shape, as Ted’s girlfriend Linda doubts he can actually go through with it.  

English language  |  5x5 min  |  2018

Lost on a desolate country road, a middle-aged married couple, Paolo and Emilia, are in a heated argument when they run their car into a man who seemingly runs into the road out of nowhere. The stranger has no identification, only a briefcase lying close to his body. In a panic and with no cell phone reception, the couple decides not to move the body but go to the nearest cottage to find help, only to stumble onto a kidnapping, becoming hostages themselves.

Lucky 7 Soccer Club
English language  |  5x6 min  |  2018

Lucky 7 Soccer Club is a web comedy series that follows a struggling house league soccer team trying to win the new season. An eccentric millionaire leaves a sizeable donation to the town of Woodbridge in her will, with the cruel stipulation that her granddaughter's team win the championship. The coaches, players and parents have to whip their kids into perfect shape to win it all in order to save the whole town from a financial crisis.

Marco's Dream
English language  |  5x6 min  |  2018

Marco is a rising young soccer star who dreams of playing in the big leagues.With lofty healthcare, the only thing keeping the arrogant 17-year-old grounded is his dysfunctional Italian family.

Italian Language   |   60 mins    |    2017

“Andiamo al storo per comprare un sandwicho di turchi e cippii”. Roughly translated, this means: Let’s go to the store to buy a turkey sandwich and chips. “L’Italiese”, often dubbed a “language of survival” by historians is the name given to the new dialect and language adopted by Italian immigrants in English speaking countries. The culture of “L’Italiese” is the culture of immigration and a fusion of both Italian and English languages. Learn how this linguistic phenomenon has become the day-to-day vernacular of the Italian immigrant community forging their connection to their new world and to their English speaking children, work colleagues, and neighbours.

Dominique Corti: Un Cammino Per La Vita 
Italian Language (English Subtitles)    |   60 mins    |    2017

PLATINUM REMI award-winning documentary Dominique Corti: Un Cammino per la Vita is an inspirational story that brings us to Canada, Italy and Uganda. Embark on a journey with an incredible family who have dedicated their lives to humanitarian efforts and helping those in need of a hospital in Uganda. International healthcare advocate, Dr. Dominique Corti is the daughter of one of Canada’s first female surgeons, Lucille Teasdale and Italian pediatrician, Piero Corti, founders of the Lacor Hospital in Uganda. Follow the journey of Dominique Corti’s struggle at a young age to understand her parent’s selflessness and bond to treat those in need. This same bond now attaches Dominque to the Lacor hospital as she works tirelessly to keep her parents' legacy alive and to ensure health care access to one of the poorest areas in the world.

Adriano Valentini's Destination: Italia
English language  |  6 (5min-8min)  |  2017

Adriano Valentini, a young Canadian filmmaker working in Hollywood puts his skills to the test in this adventurous series. Working as a one-man crew (enlisting the help of only his family members), Adriano sets out to uncover the secrets of his Italian ancestry. From ancient cheesemaking traditions to old mountaintop refuges occupied during World War II, he explores the small Italian towns that are off the beaten path and speaks to locals about what makes their traditions and history unique to those just a few towns over.

Storie dall'Orto
Italian Language    |   60 mins    |    2017

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. From seed to harvest, gardening has been at the root of many cultures for centuries, a tradition passed on from one generation to the next. Follow nine passionate gardeners in this heartwarming one hour, Italian language documentary as they tend to their oasis over the growing season while sharing heartfelt Stories From The Garden (Storie dall’orto) for future generations of urban cultivators. Discover the secrets of their agricultural traditions, superstitions and daily rituals that have allowed them to reap the fruits of their labour.

Como Pez en el Hielo
Spanish Language    |   60 mins    |    2017

This compelling documentary follows 6 families that have migrated from Latin American countries, including Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, Cuba, El Salvador and Colombia, to some of the coldest rural areas, or unusual places in Canada: be it for work, love or adventure. Despite the severe temperatures and long winters, they have found a way to make Canada home. Experience small-town life in Canada through the eyes of new Hispanic Canadians, and learn how they adapted to the Canadian way of life while keeping a small piece of home close to them.

Maya en Regina
Spanish Language    |   60 mins    |    2017

From Saskatchewan to Guatemala, discover the connection between the indigenous beliefs of many Latin American Immigrants and the Canadian First Nations. Adjunct Professor, Global Chair at the University of Regina, Leonzo Barreno, came to Canada in 1989 to study at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC). Join him on his personal journey from Guatemala to Saskatchewan to uncover the similarities between these two groups, how the Europeans influenced their lives, the importance of education for the new generation, the respect for elder leaders, and their deep bond with the land.

Mi Nombre es Ripley
Spanish Language    |    6x30 mins    |    2017

Follow the adventures of Ripley, a curious and fun-loving nomadic French bulldog, who finds herself learning simple Spanish words as she interacts with characters she meets throughout her day. Young viewers will explore the world in all its wonder through the eyes of a puppy in this preschool series.

Spanish Language    |    60 mins    |    2017

Salsomanos live by music and dance as Salsa is in their blood. It is synonymous with immigration, with rebellion, with ties to the motherland. It is a way to express unconformity through music and dancing. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Salseros, everyday Canadians who have made Salsa part of their daily lives.

Spanish Language    |    60 mins    |    2017

While many Hispanics have come to Canada to find a better life and future for their families, many others escaped terrifying situations and often, persecution. Follow the lives of four individuals from Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Chile who fled the violence and social unrest in their home countries as they adjust to new lives in Canada. Will they be able to leave their pasts behind and start a new life in a new country?

No Todo El Oro Brilla
Spanish Language    |    60 mins    |    2017

In January of 2013, a Canadian mining executive is kidnapped in Colombia by the National Liberation Army. With a leftist guerrilla group claiming responsibility, similar kidnappings have become commonplace as international mining companies clash with local landowners. Take a revealing look at Canadian mining practices in Colombia and whether their presence helps or hinders an already exploited industry.

Yo Juego
Spanish Language    |    60 mins    |    2015

Yo Juego is a TLN Original Production presented by Univision Canada in collaboration with LuloFilms and their award-winning Writer, Director, and Producer, Colombian-born Canadian, Jaime Escallon Buraglia.  Through their personal stories and day-to-day preparation with trainers and families, this moving documentary showcases the excitement of the TO2015 Games through the eyes of Hispanic Canadians

Bailando: La Historia de la Música Latina en Canadá
Spanish Language  |  60 mins |  2014

Bailando: La Historia de la Musica Latina en Canadá
 explores the popularity of Latin Music in Canada. Through a series of in-depth interviews with top Latin music personalities, Bailando showcases how Latinos and Latinas are bringing personal experiences of immigration and cultural engagement to create a unique popular culture in Canada.

Bienvenidos A Lulaworld
Spanish Language  |  60 mins |  2014

Bienvenidos a LulaWorld is a TV musical extravaganza featuring an eclectic line up of musical artists that showcases the depth, variety, and calibre of the Latin and world music scene in Canada. The LulaWorld Festival is a presentation of Toronto’s Lula Music and Arts Centre founded by Artistic Director Jose Ortega.

Hombres Invisibles
Spanish Language  |  60 mins |  2014

This moving documentary places the spotlight on one of Canada's most vulnerable communities: migrant workers. With the majority arriving from Mexico, Los Hombres Invisibles examines the challenges and personal journeys of Canada's “invisible men”. 

Nuestra Historia: Hispanos en Canadá
Spanish Language  |  60 mins |  2014

Nuestra Historia: Hispanos en Canadá
 is the story of the Hispanic community in Canada. Through a series of personal reflections, this documentary traces the history, the growth and the success of Canada's fastest growing ethnic community, providing a unique focus on each immigrant’s perspective and exploring their common connection to Canada. 

1943: Operazione Husky, Lo Sbarco Canadese in Sicilia
Italian Language  |  60 mins |  2014

An in-depth look at the vital contribution made by the 1st Canadian Infantry division during the Sicilian campaign in 1943. A Canadian national success story, Operation Husky highlights the importance of Canada’s victory in Sicily and its impact on the success of the Allied Forces efforts in the liberation of Europe.

Casa Dolce Casa 
Italian Language    |   60 mins  |  2012

Casa Dolce Casa
explores the impact Italian culture has had on home building and design in Canada. The documentary looks at the multiple influences that shape design concepts affecting how we build dwellings and live in them, including a perfect cold cellar (cantina) for homemade wine. 

English, Italian & Spanish Language   |  60 mins |  2012

A uniquely Canadian, multilingual approach to examining the passion that Canadians of Euro-Latin descent have brought to soccer in Canada. For many, soccer is not a game – it’s a religion, a universal language that unites nations and breaks down all cultural barriers! TLN’s new original documentary Fanaticos takes an in-depth look at this phenomenon. For many Latin American and Italian Canadian fans, soccer is ingrained into their culture. Join us as we take a peek into the lives and stories of local soccer ‘fanaticos’.

Le Storie Della Mia Vita
Italian Language    |    60 mins    |     2012

A follow up to the TLN original documentary Raccontami, this new documentary expands upon the scope of the original production with more characters, stories, and insight into the unrelenting joys and challenges of the Italian immigrant experiences in Montreal.

Nostra Storia In Canada
Italian Language    |    6 x 30 mins    |    2012

In 1598, the first Italian explorer reached North America and the country now known as Canada. His name was Giovanni Caboto, or to the English, John Cabot. Little did he know, four hundred years later, Canada was to become home to almost 2 million people of Italian descent. From cuisine to sports, arts, construction, and culture, Italian Canadians have transformed their new home, this is La Nostra Storia.

Non Solo Buste e Bomboniere
Italian Language    |    60 mins   |  2012

Have you ever been to an Italian wedding in Canada? The seven-course meal, the 400 guests, the endless food, and pomp! The documentary explores how Canadians of Italian descent meet the challenges and contradictions of maintaining family traditions. 

Italian Language    |    60 mins    |     2011

Raccontami (Tell me a story), a two-part TLN original documentary that places the spotlight on the Italian immigrant experience in Montreal. This exclusive documentary offers a unique look into the everyday lives of a handful of Montreal’s Italian immigrants as they reflect on their early experiences in Canada: their hopes and dreams upon arrival in their new home, and the struggles of establishing lives in a foreign land. 

Puglia: Terra Del Sole
Italian, English Language    |    3x60 mins    |     2011

Apulia is a beautiful gift from God, destined to overwhelm all the senses: glorious scenery, fragrant lands, magnificent cuisine, rhythmic tarantella music, and warmth of the sun that gently caresses this land, the land of the sun. This series takes viewers on a journey through the Apulian landscape, celebrating traditions and food with unique cultural influences that coalesce into an enjoyable experience.

Basilicata: Terra Dei Lucani
English, Italian language  |  3x60 min  |  2010

Basilicata is a hidden treasure, a magical enchanting land where a sense of eternity exists in its tranquility. It is the land that gave birth to saints, warriors, artists and people of great intellect. This is the land of hard-working, honest people who offer warmth, friendliness and hospitality. Discover Basilicata which has a mystical earth energy ”charged” by the sun, the moon and the stars that for thousands of years have sustained and renewed this land: the land of the Lucani.

Calabria: La Terra Magica
English Language    |    90 mins    |    2009

Deemed a “paradise on earth”, this documentary showcases Calabria, one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, a region where mountains and sea come together. Discover Calabria through the eyes of the people, who believe this untouched treasure is their blood, their sun their lifeline.

Hogg's Hollow: A Tragedy Unveiled
English Language    |    60 mins    |    2009

A moving documentary that probes the historical details of the horrific tragedy that unified the Italian immigrant community. On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1960, five Italian men were trapped in a tunnel when fire swept through the main shaft that provided air and access to their work area. They were installing a water main beneath the Don River in Hogg's Hollow in North Toronto. Sadly, in the end, all five workers died. The event was a unifying force in the Italian immigrant community and had a great impact on standards to the construction.

March of Time
English Language    |    60 mins    |     2009

March of Time is a documentary about displacement, preservation, and progress. Good Friday re-enactments are common in almost every town in Italy. When immigrants came to Canada they brought with them the Good Friday procession. March of Time explores how this phenomenon, the largest of its kind in North America, has become a modern ritual in Toronto.   

Not Paved With Gold
English Language    |    60 mins    |    2008

A story about Italian-Canadian immigrants in the 1970s that distinguishes itself for its intimacy and humanity. The story opens up a world of memories and reflections that Vincenzo Pietropaolo took of his family, neighbourhood and community in Toronto’s Little Italy; his own immigrant experience. His life-long love affair with photography became an irreversible journey when as a young man, he began to photograph his fellow Italian-Canadians at work, at rest at worship and at play.

Italian Gardens
English Language    |    90 mins    |    2006

Italian Gardens
is a moving documentary that explores the importance of the family garden to immigrants establishing new roots in a new land. Here are stories of men and women who, with no real political or social representation in their adopted society, give expression to their identity through the spaces upon which they can exercise control, their gardens.

Sicilia: La Terra Benedetta
Italian, English Language    |    3x60 mins    |    2005

There is a belief that Sicily was once the favoured land of ancient gods. A beautiful land, caressed by the seas and blessed with lush vegetation.During the 1950’s, southern Italy was abandoned by at least one-quarter of the hard-working people who set their sights on the New World and vacated their homeland in order to grow in new lands. This series explores the return to the villages and small towns of many Italian-Canadians: Racalmuto, Siculiana, Delia, Termini Imerese, San Fratello, Cattolica Eraclea, and Barrafranca. Today the new modern Sicily remains blessed with history, culture and warm people full of hospitality.

Gusto: Italian By Design
English Language   |    2005    |    6 x 30 mins

A celebration of style, Gusto uncovers the great appeal of the Italian aesthetic by exploring the worlds of fashion, furniture design, fine food, and wines. This six-part series reveals Italian style and its impact on global pop culture. 



Cuba: Portraits
Spanish Language    |    60 mins    |    2005

A colourful TLN original documentary that highlights the sights and sounds of the beautiful island of Cuba and explores the Habano (Cigar) culture. Cigars arrived in Cuba over 300 years ago. Now they move the economy and define the identity of this Caribbean island. From the tobacco fields to the Santeras. From Canadian night at the Cuban Cigar Festival to the hospitality of the people. Los Habanos son Cubanos.

Hispanic Canadians
English Language    |    60 mins    |    2003

Discover the voice of Spanish-speaking Canadians through personal stories and their attitudes toward Canadian society. While chronicling the changing dynamics of Latin identity, this documentary illustrates the impact the Hispanic community has had on Canadian life.

Little Italy
English Language    |    6 x 30 mins    |     

Our continent has a love affair with all things Italian. Little Italy explores theme-park neighbourhoods and events in Calgary, Boston, Seattle, Montreal, Kelowna and Honolulu that are at the heart of Italian immigrant communities.

That's Amore: Inside the Italian Wedding
English Language    |    6 x 30 mins    |     2003

Who doesn't want to go to an Italian wedding? That's Amore is a six-part. series that takes you behind the scenes of these extravaganzas. Witness the hard work, attention to detail and personal trauma that goes into planning  " the happiest day of your life!"   

Italian Canadians
English Language    |    90 mins     |    2001

Following Pier 21, which gave an account of the Italian immigrant experience, The Italian Canadians is a historical examination of the influx of Italians into Canada’s major cities in the sixties. The program looks into the post-war prosperity of many Italian Canadians and the effect this has had on issues of cultural identity.

English Language    |    13 x 30 mins    |     2001

Persona, a series of intimate interviews with prominent Italian Canadians featured fashion designer Sal Parasuco, actor Nick Mancuso, Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci, comedian Tony Rosato, novelist Nino Ricci and journalist Anna Maria Tremonti.

Slick: Italian Men on Screen
English Language    |    90 mins    |    2001

“Slick: Italian Men on Screen” is a documentary that takes the viewer behind the myth of the Italian man. From the big screen to the street corner, whether mobster or Romeo, the Italian male has always held a unique place in North American popular culture. Slick looks at the various elements that make up the Italian man in North American media. Through interviews and clips, Slick examines just how the stereotype of the Italian man came to be and where they fit in today’s multicultural Canada.


Pier 21
English Language    |    90 mins    |     2000

“They came in search of a better life, a new beginning, a mother country for future generations.” Pier 21 gives an in-depth account of the Italian immigrant experience in Canada. Featuring moving interviews with Italian Canadians who lived the journey first hand, this full-length program explores the massive migration of Italians into Canada in the post-war period.


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