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Unconquered: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV726
Producer:  CTV
Producing Agencies:  CTV
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Canadian World Studies, Character Education, Current Events, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Sociology, Sports
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  42:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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The one-hour documentary UNCONQUERED provides an on-the-ground look at Canada's veterans of the Afghanistan conflict who are living with disabilities resulting from combat injuries as they prepare to compete in the Invictus Games.

This powerful documentary focuses on Canadian veterans and the ways sport continues to inspire their recovery.

Kevin Newman chronicles Ret. Master Cpl. Jody Mitic's first trip back to Afghanistan since he lost both his legs in an improvised explosive device (IED) detonation 10 years ago. Produced by W5 Senior Producer Brett Mitchell, this emotional journey culminates as Mitic represents Team Canada in the first-ever Invictus Spirit Flame torch lighting ceremony in Kabul.

The full-edition W5 documentary also follows members of the Canadian Invictus team as they train for the Games and reveal the power of sport in inspiring their recovery. Major Blaise Lapointe is one of Team Canada's busiest athletes, competing in nine separate events at the Games. Lapointe lost his right foot after he stepped on an anti-personnel mine while attempting to disarm an IED in Afghanistan in 2009. The father of seven children maintains that competing in sports has been vital to his recovery.

UNCONQUERED also accompanies Invictus competitor Ret. Cpl Chris Klodt as he returns for the first time to the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany where his life was saved after he was shot in the neck by Taliban militants while on patrol in Afghanistan. Now a quadriplegic, Klodt believes that after years of rehabilitation, competing in wheelchair rugby was the biggest key to regaining his independence.

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