Emerging Black filmmakers unveil latest docs on Absolutely Canadian series

Watch films from Being Black in Montreal on Absolutely Canadian documentary series free on CBC Gem.

Watch new films from Being Black in Montreal free on CBC Gem

A Black woman in a yellow and black dress smiles while sitting in a wicker chair. The text: "BEING BLACK IN MONTREAL" is over the photo.
Being Black in Montreal features films from emerging directors that came out of the Fabienne Colas Foundation's Being Black in Canada mentorship program entirely dedicated to Black filmmakers. 

Watch the films on the Absolutely Canadian documentary series on CBC Gem.

Documentaries from Being Black in Halifax and Being Black in Toronto are also available for free on CBC Gem.

Headshots of five Black woman in a row. They are part of the Being Black In Montreal documentary series.
From left: Chelsea Osei, Adelaide Anno-Kusi, Nakitta Hannah, Bianca Smith and Noëll Cousins are five emerging filmmakers, who will premiere their docs in Being Black in Montreal as part of CBC's Absolutely Canadian series. (Courtesy of the Fabienne Colas Foundation)

Watch these five compelling films from emerging filmmakers in Being Black in Montreal:

Directed by: Chelsea Osei
In Water From a Stone, adult daughters reexamine their relationship with their father and the influence of their brother's autism on the family dynamic.

Directed by: Noëll Cousins
From the lounge of an erotic massage parlour, three Black trans-sex workers share their stories of sisterhood, sex, and scandal – discovering that, at the end of the day, one person's cautionary tale is another person's tea.

Directed by: Adelaide Anno-Kusi
Adelaide Anno-Kusi, a newcomer to Montreal, is surprised how not knowing French is impacting her in ways she hadn't imagined. Adelaide hopes to shed light on the expat experience as a Black, Anglophone Canadian, while considering community, language and belonging.

Directed by: Nakitta Hannah
Black business owners of Plaza Saint Hubert must fight to keep their family businesses open. Many stores have closed and the Black community is at risk of losing its foothold in some areas of the city. For now, Black business owners resist by supporting each other as long as they can.

Directed by: Bianca Smith
A Concordia student reflects on her experience navigating the institution as a Black woman.

Absolutely Canadian is a national one-hour series showcasing documentaries and unscripted programs that tell unique stories from communities across Canada. All programs are produced locally and highlight the works of independent filmmakers in each region.CBC works closely with independent filmmakers throughout the region to produce this series.

You can see all previous seasons of the Absolutely Canadian series here.

CBC Gem logo in Black with a red and orange circle border with the words BEING BLACK IN CANADA. The graphic isframed in red and orange border.

For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.