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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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)

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CBC Short Docs Peace River Rising

Helen Knott, a Dane-Zaa/Nehiyaw social worker, poet and activist, explores the connection between violence against Indigenous women and violence against the land. She takes us through the dramatic changes she’s witnessed in her home territory, as woodlands have disappeared to make way for pipelines. On the streets of Fort St. John, Helen and a fellow lifetime resident reflect on how ...
  • 2017
  • 00:09:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/15/2017

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