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 Deeply Rooted

Filmmaker Cazhhmere is a seventh-generation black Canadian. Despite this deep history, she’s constantly asked to explain where she’s from — even though the answer is always “Canada.” Cazhhmere is a proud Canadian. Her ancestors were among the first black settlers to come to Canada — her family has spent hundreds of years weaving itself into the fabric of our nation. ...
  • 2016
  • 00:23:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/20/2017

CBC Short Docs Four Faces of the Moon

Four Faces of the Moon follows the animated journey of an Indigenous photographer as she travels through time. She witnesses moments in her family's history and strengthens her connection to her Métis, Cree and Anishnaabe ancestors. This is a personal story, told in four chapters through the eyes of director and writer Amanda Strong. The oral and written history of her ...
  • 2016
  • 00:13:35
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/16/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

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

CBC Short Docs Frame 394

Frame 394 follows a young man from Toronto who entangles himself in one of America’s most high-profile police-involved shootings. On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot in the back while running away from Michael Slager, a white police officer, in Charleston, S.C. A bystander recorded the incident. Cinematographer-turned-architect-turned-animator Daniel Voshart became obsessed with the story. ...
  • 2016
  • 00:30:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/07/2017

CBC Short Docs Genderize

In 2012, transgender filmmaker Chase Joynt sat down with Benton (age 12), Madeleine (10) and Dexter (6) to talk about gender, puberty, school and parents. Four years later, he revisits the kids to see what’s changed — but not before the kids flip the camera on the adults to ask some questions of their own. The result is a poignant, ...
  • 2016
  • 00:13:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/20/2017

CBC Short Docs Kettle

Kettle revisits the intersection where hundreds of people were held for hours — without charge, surrounded by police in riot gear — during the G20 Summit in Toronto. More than 1,000 people were arrested during the G20 Summit in Toronto in 2010. It was the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Kettle is a short film that explores our personal notions of freedom ...
  • 2016
  • 00:15:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/21/2017

CBC Short Docs Princess Jack

Princess Jack is a short documentary about a boy with high-functioning autism whose life is filled with make-believe. The film follows Jack as he introduces us to his particular tastes in wardrobe and carefully applies costume makeup, and patiently works his way through sewing classes in the hopes of making his own princess ball-gown — one fit for a debut at ...
  • 2016
  • 00:07:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/07/2017

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

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 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 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