PURE INTENTIONS directed by James Wilkes. World broadcast premiere on documentary channel, Sunday March 18, 2012 8pm ET/ 10pm PT

Tumelo – pictured here, is one of the students featured in the controversial,
emotional and strikingly beautiful film, Pure Intentions

documentary and Open Door Co., present 

Pure Intentions

directed by James Wilkes
produced by Tom Powers

World Broadcast Premiere


Sunday March 18, 2012
8pm ET/ 10pm PT

a documentary original | Format: HD, Dolby 5.1  |  Length: 67 min

(Toronto – March 5, 2010)  – documentary and Open Door are thrilled to announce that the documentary original feature Pure Intentions will have it’s world broadcast premiere Sunday March 18 at 8pm ET/10pm PT.

The film follows Peter Oliver, ex-pat South African and one of Canada’s most successful restaurateurs, as he travels to South Africa on behalf of The Stephen Leacock Foundation, an organization he founded. In the process, he finds himself on a collision course with reality.

While visiting the schools he’s built and continues to support, Oliver discovers that a post-apartheid hangover in South Africa persists. Old attitudes, divisions and practices prevail in some corners, and need to be addressed if Oliver’s support is to continue. At the same time, we see a confident and competent educational institution bristle at the suggestion that they need to adapt to a first world vision that fails to appreciate their reality.  It falls to Peter to collaborate with educators, in a determined effort to find hope and redemption in an incredibly complicated environment.

A controversial, emotional and strikingly beautiful film, Pure Intentions is the story of a man who seeks to right the wrongs of his home country’s past by helping it’s future – it’s children. In the process, Oliver’s journey takes an unexpected and very personal twist.

Following the broadcast premiere, Pure Intentions will have a benefit screening on April 9 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.  Proceeds will go towards the education of Tumelo, one of the main characters in the film.

Pure Intentions was directed by James Wilkes, photographed by Dana Alexander and produced by Tom Powers. The film is an original documentary channel production, produced with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund and Rogers Documentary Fund.

About – Open Door Co.,
Open Door Co., headed by Tom Powers, is in the business of producing, distributing and acquiring ‘Content That Matters’ – provocative, edgy, uncomfortable, thoughtful, intelligent… and entertaining. They are real stories that challenge our conceptions of who we are, how we view ourselves and how we relate to others. Launched in 2005, Open Door Co. has produced several award winning feature documentaries that have been screened and broadcast around the world. These include Cracked Not Broken (part of HBO’s Addiction Project and featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show); Independent America – The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop, an elegy for a non-franchised way of life, which aired on Sundance Channel, and the provocative Black Nation about the state of black manhood in America produced for Swedish broadcaster SVT and the Swedish Film Institute. Open Door is currently in production on Pure Intentions, a feature doc set in South Africa for the Documentary channel. Other broadcasters have included NHK, SBS, CTV, Discovery Network, Super Channel, and HULU, just to name a few. For more information visit www.opendoorco.com

About documentary
documentary is a digital television station devoted to showing the best documentaries from Canada and around the world—from legendary filmmakers like D.A. Pennebaker and the Maysles brothers, as well as from the archives of its partners, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The National Film Board. With its special emphasis on feature length films, watching documentary is like having a cinema in your own living room, showing award winning films 24 hours a day, seven days a week.