CBC Short Docs

CBC Short Docs is a mainstay of CBC’s digital programming and the go-to destination for Canadians looking for engaging, character-driven, short (under 30 minutes) documentary content by emerging documentary filmmakers from across Canada. CBC Short Docs has already made a significant mark on the Canadian documentary landscape. Frame 394 was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, and many other Short Docs had their world premieres and won awards at festivals worldwide, including Hot Docs, IDFA, ImagineNative, RIDM, Sheffield and TIFF.

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Episodes

CBC Short Docs The Secret Path: In The Classroom New

Gord Downie's Secret Path tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a young boy who died trying to get home from residential school in 1966. It's been taught in classrooms across Canada this year. Daisy and Pearl Wenjack, Chanie's sisters, visit a school in Toronto where the children have a special surprise for the family.
  • 2017
  • 00:09:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/05/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Short Docs The Secret Path: Ahead by a Century New

A group of Ontario high school students write and perform a play that honours Gord Downie’s music and Secret Path project. On the day of the dress rehearsal, drama teacher Scott Garbe invites a very special guest to watch scenes from the play. Tim “Redfeather” Thomas, a 74-year-old Mi'kmaq elder, talks about his own experiences in residential school with the cast.
  • 2017
  • 00:06:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/04/2017

CBC Short Docs Babe, I Hate to Go New

A migrant worker splits his time between farm work in Canada and his family back home in Top Hill, Jamaica. Sudden news of a terminal illness forces him to question his future and his ability to continue working. Facing mortality, he struggles to accept his condition and decides to protect his family from the knowledge of his diagnosis.
  • 2017
  • 00:18:28
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/15/2017

CBC Short Docs Walk Good New

In this stirring portrait, a grieving mother reconciles her life after each of her three children is murdered in three separate and unrelated shootings. As a single mother, Carol Roache understood the myriad of complex and deadly struggles that black youth face each day, and she carefully prepared her children for the world that awaited them. She raised them to ...
  • 2016
  • 00:12:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/03/2017

CBC Short Docs Tshiuetin New

Take a ride through Nothern Quebec and Labrador on Canada’s first First Nations-owned railway. The Tshiuetin train line extends 132.5 miles from Emeril, Labrador to Schefferville, Quebec. The majority of passengers on the train travel regularly for work and family engagements, using the railroad because road and air transport isn’t possible in the region – a unique reality that highlights ...
  • 2016
  • 00:10:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/28/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 5

Having recovered from her mastectomy and with only the final rounds of chemotherapy remaining, the end appears to be in sight for Roxann. But complications arise when she is rushed back to the hospital with a surgical infection that baffles her doctors. Despite these constant setbacks, Roxann eagerly awaits the festival premiere of her first short film. With her doctors ...
  • 2016
  • 00:15:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 4

Frustrated by the lack of answers from her doctors, and the apparent failure of chemotherapy, Roxann is persuaded to undergo a double mastectomy in hopes of removing the cancer from her body once and for all. The procedure quickly becomes a source of tremendous anxiety, confusion and humiliation for Roxann. More palpable solace comes from the traditional healers, who help ...
  • 2016
  • 00:14:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 3

Roxann and her family are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the people of Kahnawake, as well as from First Nations and cancer survivors across Canada. After the resounding success of a community-wide breakfast fundraiser held for her, Roxann finds herself conflicted between the demands of becoming a public spokesperson for cancer awareness and the more personal demands of ...
  • 2016
  • 00:14:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 2

Two months after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Roxann begins her first round of chemotherapy. Even after having expected the worst, the side effects of the supposed “cure” begin to take their toll in ways that nobody could have anticipated. Confined to her home for days at a time and confronted every day with signs of her deteriorating physical state, ...
  • 2016
  • 00:14:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Thunder Blanket, Episode 1

Thunder Blanket explores a young Aboriginal woman’s battle against breast cancer. In the first episode of this five-part series, we meet Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean, a young Mohawk mother and independent filmmaker who struggles to cope with the shock of diagnosis, the continued demands of raising a household of four, and the anxiety towards the long recovery ahead. Faced with the loss ...
  • 2016
  • 00:15:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017