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 Babe, I Hate to Go

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 Declutter New

Reflecting on the long-term impact the residential school experience has had on her family, filmmaker Madison Thomas begins to understand why her mother is always cleaning. This short film gives insight into not only intergenerational trauma, but also intergenerational strength.
  • 2017
  • 00:04:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2018

CBC Short Docs Follow the Rock

For the last 50 years, First Nations from across B.C. have come together to battle on the basketball courts of the Pacific Northwest. But the All Native Basketball Tournament is more than a competition. Nations don’t just bring their best basketball players — they bring their cultures as well. The tournament inspires young Aboriginal players from all over B.C., producing ...
  • 2017
  • 00:07:01
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/21/2017

CBC Short Docs Headdress

“To me, the headdress is a symbol of leadership.” JJ Neepin is a female Indigenous filmmaker, and with the help of photographer Nadya Kwandibens, she plans to recreate her great-grandfather’s portrait. The headdress is a powerful symbol with great meaning in First Nations communities. Headdress is the start of an ongoing conversation about tradition and cultural appropriation.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2017

CBC Short Docs Jaat Sdiihltl'lxa: Woman Who Returns

Heather Hatch always felt something was missing in her life. When she turned 16, she discovered she was Haida. After visiting Haida Gwaii many times over the next 20 years, Heather realized she wanted to join her clan and receive her Haida name. Woman Who Returns follows her journey, from visiting the remote shores of her ancestors’ village to making a traditional ...
  • 2017
  • 00:14:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/20/2017

CBC Short Docs Karihwanoron: Precious Things Must-See

A small community bands together around a Mohawk immersion school they founded to keep their language alive. Karihwanoron is a Mohawk immersion program that teaches Mohawk language, culture and philosophy. The school does not receive adequate financial assistance from the government — but with a little luck, creativity and the community’s support, it somehow always manages to raise enough money ...
  • 2017
  • 00:14:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2017

CBC Short Docs Lucky Moose

Find out how a headline-grabbing plant theft in Toronto’s Chinatown changed Canada’s citizen’s arrest laws. When David Chen detained a thief at the Lucky Moose Food Market in Chinatown, the Toronto shopkeeper did not expect to be the one arrested. In May 2009, Chen performed a citizen’s arrest on a brazen thief who had repeatedly stolen plants from local shops. ...
  • 2017
  • 00:11:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/21/2017

CBC Short Docs Night Strike New

Night Strike is the extraordinary story of Johnny Tai, a totally blind and partially deaf crisis counsellor and martial artist living in Richmond, B.C. For Johnny, a life that may appear simple and ordinary is in fact a triumph, not only for the obstacles presented by his blindness but for his courage in overcoming a legacy of family violence.
  • 2017
  • 00:12:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/04/2017

CBC Short Docs NiiSoTeWak: Two Bodies, One Heart

Cree teachings say that identical twins are born with two bodies, but share one heart. Meet Tapwewin and Pawaken, 10-year-old brothers trying to make sense of the world, their family and each other. The twins’ ancestry is rooted in Attawapiskat First Nation, Moshkekowok territory, yet they’ve lived most of their lives in urban centers. Their Cree identity is informed by ...
  • 2017
  • 00:16:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/22/2017

CBC Short Docs Numbers Guy

Showman, scholar, savant... cashier? Meet David Teitel, a man who knows more about numbers than you could ever imagine. He's worked as a cashier at health food stores since the mid-1980s. He enjoys sharing history facts, baseball statistics and arithmetic with customers — he’s famous for his numbers knowledge. After dropping out of school and struggling with mental illness, David ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/16/2017