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Watch Absolutely Canadian independent documentaries from the Maritimes

Absolutely Canadian, the series of independent documentaries, is back for a new season CBC TV and CBC Gem.

Locally produced docs air this season on CBC TV and CBC Gem

Absolutely Canadian, the series of independent documentaries, is back for another season on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

CBC TV showcases documentaries on Saturdays at 9 p.m. 

Check out these upcoming docs:

Sept. 17 at 9 p.m. - Chasing the Current

An aerial view of three people in a canoe in a moving current.
 A professional cyclist from New Brunswick finds inner transformation through fly fishing after two life-altering collisions. Director: Greg Hemmings

Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. - Words Matter

Woman smiling while walking in the woods, wearing an orange toque over her long black hair.
Mi'kmaw poet and published author Rebecca Thomas uses words for a living, but she can't speak the language stolen from her father at residential school. Words Matter follows her journey to reclaim the language while exploring the complicated past that's kept it from her. Director: Stephanie Joline

RELATED: Words Matter: Thomas on a journey to reclaim Mi'kmaw language

Watch Words Matter here.

Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. - Mi'kma'ki: Gwitna'q

Two men on the water  in a birchbark canoe with a hill of green in front of them.
For the Mi'kmaq community of Miawpukek First Nation, reviving the tradition of Birch Bark Canoe building becomes a way to connect to the past and ensure cultural survival. Director: Wendell Collier

Oct. 1 at 9 p.m. - The Orchard

A stylized tree with apples in the words The Orchard with a view of a lush valley with blue sky.
An hour-long documentary about the multigenerational relationship between a working family, new immigrants, and nature, all brought together in a beautiful Orchard, maybe the perfect cooperative effort of humans and nature. Director: John Wesley Chisholm.

Watch The Orchard here.

Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. - A New World of Hurt

A runner wearing a blue jacket and shorts and white hat laying on the pavement during a night-time run.
An ultrarunner battles oppressive heat and unrelenting hills as he tackles the 300-kilometre Cabot Trail on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on a journey about love, loss and the strength of the human spirit. Director: Jason Taylor

Watch A New World of Hurt here.


Watch these Absolutely Canadian docs on CBC Gem

My Name is Wolastoq 

(CBC / Absolutley Canadian)
A candid and powerful window into the movement to preserve and celebrate Wolastoqey culture and identity, including the calls to formally reclaim the name of the Wolastoq (Saint John) River. Director: Nate Gaffney
Watch My Name is Wolastoq here.

Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing

(CBC Absolutely Canadian)
A fascinating exploration of the remarkable but tragic life of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop, whose journey is indelibly connected to her Nova Scotia heritage. Director: John Scott
Watch Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Losing here.

Freedom Swell

(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
This powerful documentary highlights a unique surf program designed to empower African Nova Scotian youth to connect with the Atlantic Ocean and discover the healing power of water. Freedom Swell won best documentary at the Screen Nova Scotia Awards. Directors: Marie and Meaghan Wright
Watch Freedom Swell here.

Dementia, Dad and Me

(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
The onset of his dementia brought a dramatic change to the relationship Hannah has with her father.  Dementia, Dad and Me follows the two of them as they find new ways to connect, and to navigate the delicate transition of their roles from father and daughter to caregiver and cared for. Director: Hannah Minzloff
Watch Dementia, Dad and Me here.

The Spirit Remains

(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
An exploration on the lasting emotional impact on Acadians affected by the expropriation of their homes and land in order to create Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick over 50 years ago. Director: Brian Francis
Watch The Spirit Remains here.

Being Black in Halifax

Black man smiling wearing white ball cap and glasses walking along the road
(CBC / Absolutely Canadian)
Being Black in Halifax features four films from emerging directors that came out of the Fabienne Colas Foundation's Being Black in Canada mentorship program entirely dedicated to Black filmmakers. Directors: Deborah Castrilli, Tyus McSween, Guyleigh Johnson and Jodell Stundon. Read more here.
Watch Being Black in Halifax here.


Absolutely Canadian is a national one-hour series showcasing documentaries and performance programs that tell unique stories from communities across Canada. All programs are produced locally and highlight the works of independent filmmakers in each region.

CBC works closely with independent filmmakers throughout the region to produce this series.

You can see all previous seasons of the Absolutely Canadian series here.

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