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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:

July 2 at 9 p.m. - 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.

July 9 at 9 p.m. - 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.

July 16 at 9 p.m. -  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.

July 23 at 9 p.m. - 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.

July 30 at 9 p.m. - 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.

Aug 6. at 9 p.m. - 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.


Upcoming titles:

  • Sept 17, 9 p.m. - Chasing The Current
  • Sept. 24, 9 p.m. - Words Matter  / Stories from the Land
  • Oct. 1,  9 p.m. -  The Orchard

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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