I, Pedophile dares to empathize

By: Martin Knelman 

Matthew Campea knew it wouldn’t be easy to persuade viewers to welcome pedophiles into their living rooms. Yet I, Pedophile is so riveting and enlightening, you can’t stop watching it.


It premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. on CBC’s doc series Firsthand. Campea’s goal, bound to be controversial, was to bring empathy to troubled men who rarely get any.

“No other part of the population goes through such demonization and witch-hunts,” the 28-year-old director told me when I met him at a midtown café.