Kidnapping, Intimidation And Torture On The Border

Thursday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m., on CBC-TV

The Border recreates Afghanistan in a gravel pit in southern Ontario

Gemini Award-winning THE BORDER takes viewers to Afghanistan, where Sergeant Kessler (James McGowan) and young Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent Henry Masoud are kidnapped and held for ransom by the Taliban. The stakes are high as Kessler and Masoud face intimidation, torture and possible execution.

Darnell (Jim Codrington) and Carver (Grace Park) join NATO’s search and discover their prime suspect, General Zaki, is also their best hope of getting their colleagues out alive.

Under a blazing August sun in a gravel quarry in Caledon, Ont., production designer Benno Tuttor (2009 Directors Guild of Canada Award, The Border; Directors Guild of Canada Award Away from Her) and his team recreated an Afghan town that would have evolved over centuries.

Episode 305 “Missing in Action” is written by Alex Levine and directed by Phil Earnshaw. THE BORDER was created by Peter Raymont, the late Lindalee Tracey, Janet MacLean and Jeremy Hole. The series is produced by Brian Dennis, Janet MacLean and David Barlow. Peter Raymont is executive producer.

THE BORDER is a White Pine Pictures Production produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Government of Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit Program, and distributed internationally by Fireworks International, a ContentFilm Company.

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