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Marvin grew up in Ottawa in the 1950s. With no Black barbers in the city, he suffered through many painful haircuts. At 65, he still hates to get his hair cut.

Marvin is 65. He hates to get his hair cut.

With a modest (but expanding) grey afro on his head, Marvin's hair isn't what you might expect on a senior executive who lives in suburbia.

Marvin immigrated from Jamaica to Ottawa in the 1950s, when Black immigrants were rare and often unwelcome. With no Black barbers in the city, Marvin suffered through many painful haircuts. The trauma from this period still lingers with him today.

The Haircut is a funny and refreshing take on the classic Canadian immigrant story — but it's also an exploration of assimilation and resistance through the portrait of one man's refusal to cut his hair.

Credits (Click to expand)

Written & Directed by Maya Annik Bedward


Marvin Bedward
Annik Després
Nessa Bedward Sherwood

Ishmael Allen
Ramon Carballude
Jeremy O'Connor
Owen Czerny
Jack Hampson
Lohan Germain
Evan Nugent
Cheryl James-Matsoukas
Kirk Labelle
Dan Quinlan

Maya Annik Bedward 
Kate Fraser

Director of Photography
Timothy I. Smith
Sean Liliani

Maya Annik Bedward

Additional Editing
Lucius Dechausay
Luke Mistruzzi

Original Music
David Arcus

Sound Design & Mix
Inaam Haq

Sound Recordist & 1st Assistant Camera
Alexander Wolski

Tricia Hagoriles

Lucius Dechausay

Production Stills
Hector Tellez

Production Assistants
Hoda Ali
Anne Dickens
Camila Giudice
Gina Minugh
Alex Renaud
Allison Whalen

Music Mixed by
Chris Crerar

Music Performed by
Tom Moffett
Yvonne Moir David Arcus Scott McCannell Jonathan HydeCard 8

Performed and written by Mintcho Garrammone

"Something to Tell You"
Written and performed by Marvin Bedward

Special Thanks
Antoine Després-Bedward
Dane Bedward
John Bedward
Ven & Margaret Bedward
Edwin Sherwood
Aisha & Weggon Allen
Christ Church Boys Choir
Real Fade
The WestGate Barber Shop

Produced with the assistance of

A Third Culture Production

Produced in Association with CBC

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs 
Lesley Birchard

Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals
Mélanie Lê Phan