What’s happening to CBC Gem in February 2022

Everything coming to CBC Gem in February 2022, including The Porter, Best In Miniature and Jean-Marc Vallée’s most personal film

Here’s everything new coming to CBC Gem in February 2022, including these shows highlighted by NOW reviews.

The wearer

Based on the true story of the world’s first black labor union, this historical drama tells the story of railroad workers who came together a century ago in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit to fight for safer working conditions, better treatment human and ultimately their own liberation. Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Black Cop, Star Trek: Discovery) stars alongside Aml Ameen (I May Destroy You), Mouna Traoré (The Umbrella Academy) and Oluniké Adeliyi (She Never Died); Charles Officer and RT Thorne live. Officer, Rowe and Adeliyi last collaborated on the excellent 2020 thriller Akilla’s Escape, so it will be interesting to see what they do with the biggest canvas in a CBC miniseries. Mondays from February 21

Black History Month Collection

Gem will highlight a selection of documentaries and series in honor of Black History Month, including the premieres of feature-length documentaries I’m not your nigga (February 1, photo above) and All the streets are silent: the convergence of hip-hop and skateboarding (the 21st of February). The platform is also adding new programming to its Being Black in Canada hub throughout the month, including a half-hour documentary Being Black in Canada at the Olympics (February 5), in which Tamika Forrester interviews Black Canadian athletes about their experiences at the Games.

Cafe De Flore

The loss of filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée last December is still an open wound for Canadian cinema, but watching his work is a great way to remember him – and this drama is his most personal work, following the parallel stories of a young mother (Vanessa Paradis) in 1960s Paris and a current DJ (Kevin Parent) who left his wife (Hélène Florent) for another woman (future Orphan Black star Evelyn Brochu). Here is my 2011 TIFF interview with Vallée. February 14th

Best in miniature

This Hour Has 22 Minutes’ Aba Amuquandoh presents a game show with an original twist: Artists around the world are challenged to build tiny versions of their dream homes – “down to the last detail, piece by piece” – to 1:12 scale. Sure, it sounds like a pitch someone came up with to justify buying an expensive set of macro lenses… but the conceptual weirdness sells! And who knows? If someone ends up building a working miniature oven, CBC might even make a Tiny Baking Show out of it. February 11th

The full list of new titles available on CBC Gem in February 2022 by date:

February 1st

Black History Month Collection
Black Boys
The Black Church: It’s Our Story, It’s Our Song
The Black Panthers: Vanguards of the Revolution
Conviction: The Stephen Lawrence Story
I’m not your nigga
Maya Angelou: And I get up anyway
voice of freedom

China: the ancient kingdom of nature
Chinese New Year: the greatest celebration in the world
Miss S (season 1, episodes 1-15)
Son Of A Critch (season 1, new episode)
China’s history
TallBoyz (season 3, new episode)
Ten year old Tom
Workin’ Moms (season 6, new episode)

February 4

People do nothing (season 2)

February 5

Being Black in Canada at the Olympics

February 7

The head

February 11th

Best in miniature
Cafe De Flore

February 14th

Love sick

February 18

Escape To The Country (season 26B)

the 21st of February

All The Streets Are Silent: The Convergence Of Hip Hop & Skateboarding Voice Of Freedom (Black History Month Collection)
The Porter (series premiere)

February 22

The dog’s house
Son Of A Critch (season 1, new episode)
TallBoyz (season 3, new episode)
Workin’ Moms (season 6, new episode)

February 23

Pretty Hard Cases (season 2, new episode)
Run The Burbs (season 1, new episode)
Still Standing (season 7, new episode)

February 24

Coroner (season 4, new episode)

February 25

Arctic Vets (season 2, new episode)

February 28

Uprooted: The Plantemic



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