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Filmmaker Cazhhmere is a 7th-generation black Canadian. Despite this deep history, she’s constantly asked to explain where she’s from — even though the answer is always “Canada.”

RUNTIME: 23:02

Cazhhmere is a proud Canadian. Her ancestors were among the first black settlers to come to Canada — her family has spent hundreds of years weaving itself into the fabric of our nation. Despite this deep history, Cazhhmere is constantly questioned about where she is originally from.

Deeply Rooted was born out a conversation she’s had hundreds of times:

Q: Where are you from?
A: Canada.
Q: No, I mean, where are you from?
A: Canada.
Q: Well, where are your parents from?
A: Canada.
Q: But where are your grandparents or great-grandparents from?
A: Canada.

In Deeply Rooted, Cazhhmere will change your perception of what a multi-generational Canadian family looks like.

She delves into the story of the Downey-Collins family, which includes fighting in WWI and WWII, standing on an Olympic podium, appearing on the silver screen and breaking through barriers in Canadian politics.

Through interviews with her family members, she shares her family’s rich history and shows an overall sense of unity that is seldom seen in black families in today's media landscape.

In a country that is widely known for being a "global melting pot," our nation can easily forget that not every person of colour is a newcomer to Canada.

Q: How can you be black, and be from Canada?
A: This is how.

Credits (Click to expand)

Written & Directed by
CAZHHMERE

Executive Producer
MARK MOWAD & JOHN NADALIN

Producer
JOHN NADALIN

Editor
BEN GOLOFF

Additional Segment Editor
CAZHHMERE

Cinematographer
MARTIN WOJTUNIK

Original Score Composed by
GIORDAN POSTORINO

Original Song "LOST"
Written By Coleridge Tillman (BMI)
Performed by JRDN
Courtesy of Mandell Entertainment Group.
Produced by Coleridge Tillman (BMI)

Executive in Charge of Programming for CBC Docs
LESLEY BIRCHARD

The filmmakers wish to thank and send love to
THE ALMIGHTY, MAMA CAZH, THE DOWNEY FAMILY, THE COLLINS FAMILY, THE TALBOT FAMILY, THE TOMLINSON FAMILY, AUNT ARDDIE, UNCLE ROBBY, UNCLE DAVID, COUSIN RAYMOND, UNCLE FRANCIS, AUNT FRANCES, THE NOVA SCOTIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME, CITADEL BOXING GYM, CANADIAN ARMED FORCES, WFW HALIFAX, CBC, LESLEY BIRCHARD, GRAZYNA KRUPA, CHE KOTHARI, RT!, THE HISTORICAL COMMUNITIES OF NORTH-END, UNIACKE SQUARE & NORTH PRESTON, MR. RIED, RUSSELL GROSSE and THE BLACK CULTURAL CENTRE OF NOVA SCOTIA

DEEPLY ROOTED WAS FILMED ON LOCATION IN TORONTO, ONTARIO AND HALIFAX, FALL RIVER & TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA.

A MOWAD PRODUCTIONS INC documentary production
in association with DIRECT OR DIE CREATIVE.  © 2016

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