If you’re ready to see the history of Canada in a whole new way, then this will be right up your alley. This week, CBC announced that it has greenlit a new docuseries focusing on Black Canadian history. What’s more, some major names have already signed on. Let’s check it out.
Called Black Life: A Canadian History, the 8-part docuseries will cover some 400 years of Black history in the region (even before Canada became Canada). While the series will focus on the contributions that Black Canadians have made over the centuries, it will also provide an examination of the idea of ‘Canada as sanctuary’. Basically, it’s going to show both the good and bad sides of the country over the years.
An epic eight-part Black Canadian history docuseries from @leslienorville‘s Studio 112 in association with @northwoodenter and @PKSubban1‘s Ugly Duck Productions has been greenlit by @CBC. Read more here: https://t.co/PMNPc0Y2ZY @BlackCANdoc pic.twitter.com/RhTBSCYbGO
— CBC PR (@CBC_Publicity) September 16, 2021
Behind the series is showrunner Leslie Norville, whose work has already been featured on the CBC and at festivals like SXSW. She will be joined by a who’s who of prominent Canadians and figures, ranging from NHL star P.K. Subban (executive producer) to Black Lives Matter Canada co-founder Sandy Hudson (co-executive producer). Meanwhile, each of the 8 episodes we be directed by a different Black Canadian director, ensuring a diverse approach to the series.
We’ve got a lot to look forward to! Honestly, the only thing we’re bummed about is the timeline. Due to the scope of the project, it won’t be hitting CBC or CBC Gem until 2023. We’re marking our calendars anyway!