Absolutely Canadian is back with a new season of independent documentaries from Ontario

Absolutely Canadian is a national series showcasing documentaries and performance programs that tell unique stories from communities from across Canada. This year’s regional edition includes documentaries, short films and animations. Each film celebrates the unique stories from across Ontario, created by independent producers and directors. CBC works closely with independent filmmakers throughout the region to produce this series.

Here is the list of the upcoming docs as well as their air dates. Episodes will be uploaded to CBC Gem the day before. You can see all previous seasons of the Absolutely Canadian series here.

(I AM: Limitless)

I Am: Limitless is a one-hour documentary showcasing stories from women of colour who pursue unusual sports in Ottawa. Watch how the journeys of these skateboarders and roller skaters intersect, where they find common ground and why finding joy on wheels makes them feel limitless. (Ottawa)

Click HERE to watch on CBC Gem

Firegrove Studio: Mailyne K. Briggs, Hingman Leung, and Adrienne Row–Smith

(Reel Black: Our Film Stories)

Young emerging Black filmmakers Christian Anderson and Ajahnis Charley learn what it takes to fulfill their filmmaking dreams through the insight of veteran filmmaker Claire Prieto-Fuller and other Black Canadian filmmakers. (Toronto)

Click HERE to watch on CBC Gem

OYA Media Group, OYA Black Arts Coalition

(Toronto Reel Shorts)

Short films about and relevant to people and places in the Toronto-GTA region produced by graduating students in tv, film, and animation programs at Sheridan College and Toronto Metropolitan University.  (Toronto)

Click HERE to watch on CBC Gem

July 16 at 8 p.m. –  The Colour of Music

(The Colour of Music)

An exploration of the musical talents of women and gender-diverse singer-songwriters and how their intersectionalities influence their music. This next generation of artists are paving their own path in the music industry by valuing community, inclusion and collaboration. (Ottawa)

SandBay Entertainment: Han Nguyen & Sarah Fodey 

(The Last Guide)

As his health rapidly deteriorates, legendary Algonquin Park fishing guide Frank Kuiack spends his last fishing season searching for someone to whom he can pass on his wisdom. (Ottawa, Cornwall, Whitney, Algonquin Park)

Click HERE to watch on CBC Gem

 Producer/Director: Cristian Gomes

July 30 at 8 p.m. –  Reel Shorts: Windsor 

(Reel Shorts: Windsor )

This program is a compilation of short films produced by independent filmmakers and graduating film/broadcast students at the University of Windsor.  The films highlight stories relevant and about the Windsor-Essex region.

Studio Films A Inc., Michael Stasko

July 30 at 8:30 p.m. –  Letters from Home

(Letters From Home)

When the painful memories of the Bosnia war resurface through uncovered family letters, Windsor based filmmaker Svjetlana Oppen retraces her emotional journey as a refugee to Canada while reconciling a shattered past through family letters, home video and photos.  (Windsor)

Producer/Director: Svjetlana Oppen

Upcoming titles:

  • August 6: Being Black in Toronto 2022
  • September 17: The Pizza City You’ve Never Heard Of
  • September 23: Hodan’s Story
  • October 1: The Colour of Music (encore)

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