'Absolutely Canadian' back for another season
Hour-long regional documentary series premieres Sat. July 6
This summer, CBC presents Absolutely Canadian, a one-hour series showcasing the best in regional documentary and independent filmmaking from across Canada. The program highlights diverse stories, through documentaries, comedy and dynamic musical acts, straight from Canadian communities.
Exploring an array of themes from food and identity to Quebec's breathtaking wildlife, Absolutely Canadian includes documentaries by and about Quebec for all audiences.
Now in its ninth season, the series begins on Sat., July 6 on CBC Television and will also be available free and on demand on CBC Gem.
There will be six documentaries in all. Each one airs from 7 - 8 p.m. on CBC Television.
- July 6 - Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal
Join YidLife Crisis comedians Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman on a discovery tour of Montreal's Jewish food culture.
First-person, real-life stories told live in front of an audience. Recorded at Le Ministère, featuring stories by Darren Schilling, Candace Amarante, Myrna Lashley, Balarama Holness, Deborah Nonya, Pat Dillon-Moore and Roen Higgins.
- July 20 - The Mosque: A Community's Struggle
Members of a Muslim community in Ste. Foy, Quebec navigate their place in Quebec society in the aftermath of the Mosque Shooting that devastated the community in January 2017.
- Sept. 14 - A Place of Tide & Time
Since the collapse of its only industry, the Lower North Shore has one of the most rapidly declining populations in Quebec. St-Paul's River is one of the small villages whose residents - The 'Coasters' - are more culturally attached to Newfoundland and Labrador than to Quebec. Chronicling a pivotal year in the lives of a graduating high school class, A Place of Tide and Time observes the day-to-day life on the coast where the economy is bleak and the remote isolated villages are on life support.
- Sept. 21 - Ketchup & Soya Sauce
A documentary exploring the nuances of mixed Chinese-Canadian marriages in Quebec, in light of their historical taboo and criminalization in this country. Director ZhiMin Hu follows six couples harmonizing their expectations in communication, distribution of labour, parenting styles, financial and household management and expressions of intimacy.
- Sept. 28 - Black Bear At The Edge of The World
Filmed over three years, this documentary follows the daily life of a young black bear in close range as she survives and struggles to bring up her cubs in the breathtaking Forillon National Park of Gaspésie, Quebec.
All documentaries will air on CBC Television at 7 p.m. and will also be available free and on demand on CBC Gem.
Click here to see last year's documentaries.