|documentary and Open Door Co., present
directed by James Wilkes
World Broadcast Premiere
Sunday March 18, 2012
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.,