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Emerging Black filmmakers unveil latest docs on Absolutely Canadian series

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. 

Being Black in Halifax airs Saturday on CBC TV and CBC Gem

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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. 


Watch the films on Absolutely Canadian documentary series on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 9 p.m. on CBC TV and CBC Gem.

Documentaries from Being Black in Montreal and Being Black in Toronto will also be available on CBC Gem.

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From left: Deborah Castrilli, Tyus McSween, Guyleigh Johnson and Jodell Stundon are four emerging filmmakers, who will premiere their docs in Being Black in Halifax (2022) as part of CBC's Absolutely Canadian series. (CBC)
Watch these four compelling films from emerging filmmakers in Being Black in Halifax:

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
Directed by Guyleigh Johnson
Scratching the Surface touches on the visibly invisible experience of mental health struggles within African Nova Scotian communities.

FINDING A WAY OUT
Directed by Jodell Stundon

A self-portrait  of Jodell's current life, how dealing with depression, incarceration, and living a certain lifestyle, brought him to a changing point. He found his way out through photography and videography.

WASHED UP
Directed by Tyus McSween
Washed Up is a story of a young black man from Dartmouth, N.S. In this story, a former hockey player who had potential of fulfilling his dreams as an NHL athlete, dealt with failure and disappointment in the sport he loved, along with complicated family issues constantly being brought to his attention.  He tackles a situation of identity: who he wants to be is conflicted with the reality of who he is.

FRAMEWORK
Directed by Deborah Castrilli
What does it mean to be fully seen? What is the value of sharing and holding space within one's community? These are the questions director Deborah Castrilli looked to explore in her short film Framework, which centres the queer Bllack lens in Nova Scotia. Glimpse into the lives of Robert Wright, Chloé Bramble, and Amber Zaza, as they shed light on the nuances of the queer Black experience, and share in conversation around spirituality, building community, and the dreams they have for the future.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS SEASON'S ABSOLUTELY CANADIAN DOCUMENTARIES

RELATED: Being Black in Halifax's emerging filmmakers win Canadian Screen Award

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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Being Black in Canada highlights stories about Black Canadians. (CBC)

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