Four kids from the future, which is a troubled one, come to the present to help us prevent climate change problems.
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Four kids from the future, which is a troubled one, come to the present to help us prevent climate change problems.
What if in your 20’s you created a song that would become one of the most iconic Dancehall reggae tracks ever made? Now, imagine only finding out decades later, that young international artists had been sampling your vocals throughout? ‘Bam Bam: The Story of Sister Nancy’ is a feature documentary that explores the wild story behind the making of this melodic reggae anthem, the reasons behind the songs meteoric rise to prominence and the empowering aftermath of a deception 30 years in the making.
The documentary will be told through interviews, current day studio and tour footage, archival footage of Nancy and the Jamaican Reggae scene back in the day, re-creations of Nancy as a young musician and conversations with young artists.
The Résilience docuseries traces the historic presence of African Canadians in this country over 400 years. A major project that’s sure to create a widespread response, not only for its content – its historical and social scope – but for its form as well. The series makes creative use of all available means, fictional as well as documentary, to honour, once and for all, the collective history of these Canadians – a history marred by slavery, forced trafficking of their bodies and those of their families, yet exalted by their spirit of resistance. This resistance would prove crucial for the generations that followed to live in freedom and still persists among African Canadians living today.
Rapper Nantali Indongo, a member of the Nomadic Massive group, long refrained from using the word bitch in any lyrics of the songs she performs. As an African Canadian and mother, she considered the word a label persistently applied to dehumanize black women. However, with the rise and confluence of the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements, she decided for the first time to use the b-word as a heartfelt cry in her song “Time.” Aware of the complexity posed by trivializing the word, she embarked on a word movie across the Americas to understand the word’s true origins and its many variations over time. Her journey helped give a voice to many larger-than-life black women, allowing them to express their own opinions on the word.
It’s the summer of 1971 and Sudbury is buzzing with the news that NASA will be setting up a top-secret training camp for the Apollo 16 moon mission nearby. LUCY DAVIS dreams of being an astronaut and is eager to win the $500 reward the local paper is offering for locating the mysterious NASA camp. She’s saving money for an airplane ticket to South Africa, the last place her father DANIEL was seen before he disappeared. But she’s not the only one interested in the astronauts – local thugs FRANK and JOHNNY are excited by the opportunity to pilfer NASA equipment.
In her blog, Imane exposed the challenges and violence that women must deal with in Algeria, a country where they’re still considered as minors for life. After watching Le Voyage de Nadia, she contacted the film’s director because she wanted her story to be told one day. She began by revealing bits and pieces of her life that eventually took shape over time. In February 2018, Imane was found dead with her lover in an apartment following a gas leak…at least that’s what the investigation said. Those who knew Imane believe her death was suspicious. She died just two weeks before the current revolution in Algeria got underway. She didn’t get to see the surging millions of women taking to the streets with slogans that expressed her hopes. Imane ou la vie is the director’s attempt to atone for this cruel twist of fate.
A group of friends decide to sponsor a refugee. This new friendship will change their lives forever.
Tina: Photographe révolutionnaire is a feature-length documentary with animated re-enactments tracing the tumultuous life and times of photographer Tina Modotti, a fiercely independent woman who dared to pursue a twofold career as an avant-garde artist and militant activist. A passionate, free-thinker, Tina had numerous lovers, including several noted politicians and artists. At a time when freedoms gained by women are again being challenged, her example is a source of inspiration, especially in this documentary journey of discovery through her amazing life.
BLACK LIVES: A CANADIAN HISTORY is an 8-part, 8-hour documentary series exploring the rich history of the Black experience in Canada. A sweeping narrative covering over 400 years, this series traces the complex, dynamic, vital and hopeful stories of the struggles and triumphs of Black Canada — while elevating and celebrating the unparalleled role that Black Canadians played in shaping our country.
Joao N’Dugu was an athlete in Angola. His performance in the pole vault surpassed the greatest vaulters in history. Unfortunately, his records weren’t official. In 1984, just as he was preparing to represent his country in a display of prowess at the Olympic Games, his government joined the Soviet boycott. He then left Angola to become a professional athlete but suffered an injury while fleeing the country. When he arrived in Montreal, he lived in fear of reprisals for having defected from Angola. At age 40, he agreed to work for a non-governmental organization, showing immigrants how to scale the walls that separate them from other worlds. Les Murs recounts his story as occurring in a dystopian world in the not-too-distant future, where huge waves of human migration are shaking the planet to its core. A time when N’Dugu must face himself and confront his fears.
BLK: An Origin Story is a four-part doc series that looks beyond the Underground Railroad to explore the Untold Stories of Black Canadians from the 1600s to the present; these four hours aim to show that Black History is Canadian History.
BLK Canadian History: An Origin Story will explore some of the unknown stories of Black Canadians to reveal how they have helped to shape Canada’s story.
The series asks the questions ‘where did they came from’ and ‘what is their story today’? Using interviews, archival materials, animation, re-enactments, and verité footage, the series will tell four stories that traverse the whole country, from ‘sea to sea to sea.’
LIDO TV is a 6x15’ variety show that aims to help its viewers cope with life in a world that sometimes feels like it’s falling apart. Created and hosted by the celebrated Colombian-Canadian musician and artist Lido Pimienta, LIDO TV is a salve for our turbulent times and a visually explosive, comedy-centred celebration of art and resistance.
Every episode of LIDO TV will centre around a Big Question drawn from the zeitgeist—like What is Beauty? What is Wellness? What is the Patriarchy? What is Success?—and explore the theme through a fast-paced kaleidoscope of hilarious sketches, inspiring interviews, cheeky how-to segments, surreal animations, musical performances, short documentaries, and viewer testimonials.
"The ‘trafficked’ in Canada are as young as nine. Some are teen boys, some are young women, too many are Indigenous - most are profiled through social media; “Romeo-ed” in malls; harvested at parties or through false job offers; some are kidnapped right off the highway. Trafficking for sexual exploitation, the last commodity for sale. The victims come from the USA or from other Canadian cities, they are moved far from their homes, between the provinces, using a complex network of pimps and handlers. This is the long line of profit being made off the forced sexual slavery of a human. Is this happening because of Facebook/Instagram, where the girls are being profiled and targeted? Or is it a failed foster system, not protecting kids who disappear at age 12 from the bus depots? This film shows the machine of ‘profit’ goes further than the Pimp and the John.
Mulholland, present day – a tired town which used to be a thriving farming community but where dreams are now mostly turned to dust.
The political climate – leaning against immigrants – feels threatening for Dalia and her successful Muslin family. They own an ‘urban farm’ – the kind of controlled production that takes less space and water but is resented by traditional farms in the area.
Lisa’s farming family is one of those who’ve lost everything. Reluctantly, Lisa, an aspiring songwriter, now works for Dalia at the urban farm.
As the pair face a growing friendship that tips into attraction, Dalia faces an imminent wedding to a man she’s loved from childhood. As the relationship grows, the pressure builds from both families, who just want the best for their daughters – as they see it.
This bittersweet drama follows three generations of women whose present and past lives collide during an emotionally packed summer trip in India.
Propelled by the pulsing beats of Toronto’s early hip hop scene, BROTHER is the story of FRANCIS and MICHAEL, sons of Caribbean immigrants maturing into young men in a housing project called The Park. The brothers’ bright hopes are thwarted during the summer of 1991, when escalating tensions set off a series of events that change the course of their lives forever. Based on David Chariandy’s celebrated novel, BROTHER crafts a timely story about the profound bond between brothers, the resilience of a community and the irrepressible power of music.
Successful businessman Denham Jolly divides his busy days between the bustling office of a struggling community newspaper and his nursing home business.
Tensions between police and community are escalating in the wake of a steady barrage of lethal police shootings. Denham’s friend, activist Dudley Laws calls out Toronto’s police forces as the “most violent in North America”. Jolly spends his evenings on the front lines of protest and in crisis meetings to devise solutions that address the racial unrest.
A staunch advocate of Marcus Garvey’s principles of Black economic empowerment, Jolly seizes the opportunity to apply for a commercial radio broadcast license. It will create jobs, provide exposure for Canadian artists, and be a megaphone for the beleaguered community’s voice. The Black-owned enterprise will harness untapped advertising revenue and bring hip hop, blues, reggae, jazz, rap and calypso to the city’s white owned and controlled airwaves.
The Cartoons That Shaped Us follows Eric Bauza, a Filipino Canadian voice actor who has just landed key roles in the HBO reboot of the Looney Tunes, including Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Touted as the new Mel Blanc, Eric explores his rich cartoon legacy along with key experts each episode, who help him delve into different eras to consider the underlying themes and messages of the classics, not-so classics and everything in-between. What emerges is more than just a trip down memory lane. Packed with surprising insights, humour, personal revelations and cultural critique, The Cartoons That Shaped Us examines not only what cartoons meant to us, but also what they had to say about the changing world around us.
The FreeUp! series brings key milestones in Canadian Black History into focus and celebrates from coast-to-coast by amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous and Racialized artists, celebrities, community leaders and changemakers. Featuring performances, thoughtful interviews and historical / social interstitials, the content from the series on CBC Gem is further expanded on in FreeUp! Freedom Portraits, digital media vignettes on social media where viewers hear from significant people in significant places, continuing the conversation between Emancipation Day and Black History Month.