By Simon Yau
Being Canadian is a documentary-cum-mockumentary about being Canadian. You may have heard of it! It had its world premiere at this year’s Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, a.k.a. HotDocs, in Toronto.
Here is the film’s IMDB description:
“What does it actually mean to be Canadian? This humorous documentary, featuring interviews with a who's-who of famous Canadians, hopes to find the answer.”
Here is some of the coverage Being Canadian received from various publications:
NOW Magazine - Top 10 Picks
Toronto Star - Feature, What to see at Hot Docs 2015
Exclaim! - “Shows off our country's charm and talent.”
The Globe and Mail - Interview with director Robert Cohen
We Got This Covered - 3/5 stars, “A fun and humorous examination of what it means to be Canadian.”
POV Magazine - “A humorous self-portrait of the maple leaf.”
Toronto Sun - 3 stars
Here is the movie’s trailer:
Here is the dude who made this movie:
Here is a list of the individuals (from IMDB) that dude asked about Being Canadian:
- Cobie Smulders
- Seth Rogen
- Nathan Fillion
- Ben Stiller
- Michael J. Fox
- Kim Cattrall
- Mike Myers
- Will Arnett
- Dan Aykroyd
- Catherine O'Hara
- William Shatner
- Jason Priestley
- Martin Short
- Dave Foley
- Eugene Levy
- Howie Mandel
- Conan O'Brien
- Alanis Morissette
- Alan Thicke
- Caroline Rhea
- Kathy Griffin
- Alex Trebek
- Russell Peters
- Michael Bublé
- Rich Little
- Paul Shaffer
- Robert Cohen
- David Steinberg
- Barenaked Ladies
- Geddy Lee
- George Stroumboulopoulos
- Rick Mercer
- Morley Safer
- Christy Alcroft
- Malcolm Gladwell
- The Trailer Park Boys
- Kim Campbell
Here is a collage of every person in that list who appears in this movie to share their thoughts about what it means to BE CANADIAN, filtered to display only persons of colour:
Here are 10 conclusions we can draw from examining the list above about what it means to Be Canadian:
Being Canadian means you have a nice smile.
Being Canadian means, if you are a dude, you are most likely clean-shaven.
Being a Canadian man means you have delightfully tussle-able hair.
Being a Canadian woman means you have very nice teeth.
Being Canadian means you like soul patches MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.
Being Canadian means you might be Jewish, even if you don’t know it yet.
Being Canadian means you have flawless skin.
Being Canadian means your face is frustratingly symmetrical.
Being Canadian means you must groom your eyebrows incessantly.
Being Canadian means you LOVE a good formal soirée.
Here are five Canadians notably absent from the film. See if you can notice something different about them!
She’s an up-and-coming actress who’s part of an ensemble cast for a hit sitcom! Just like Colbie Smulders!
He’s a chart topping musician who’s displayed a gift for self-deprecating humour! Just like Michael Bublé!
She’s a successful thespian who starred on one of television's most popular and successful prime-time soap operas for roughly a decade! Just like Jason Priestley!
He’s a scapegoat for Canadian political conservatives! Just like Kim Campbell!
HAHAHA, HIS FAMILY NAME IS POONTIP AND HE’S INUIT! That’s funny to Canadians! Why didn’t Rob Cohen ask Mr. Poontip why his name is so funny? MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR A DRAMATIC NARRATIVE CLIMAX FOR THIS DOCUMENTARY!
BEING CANADIAN, YOU GUYS! WATCH IT NOW ON DEMAND!
Peters courtesy Flickr.com/DuaneStorey, Gladwell courtesy Flickr.com/Pop!Tech, Khadr courtesy White Pine Pictures