Being Canadian

Feature Documentary, 2015. 90 min. In Distribution


BEING CANADIAN chronicles the real-life quest of Robert Cohen, a proud Canadian, who left his hometown of Calgary and moved to the U.S. to start a career as a TV comedy writer. But almost immediately after arriving, he began noticing how people outside Canada knew very little, or cared even less, about his beloved home. After decades of ignorance, insults, and indifference, he decided to do something about it. 

Rob set off on an epic personal quest, driving from the East coast of Canada to the West, to confirm the country he’d been fighting for was still what he remembered, after living away so long. Interwoven with this journey are interviews with a variety of famous Canadians, people he meets along the way, and some long-time American friends. His deadline for an answer? Midnight on Canada Day, in Vancouver. Imagine, “Sherman’s March”, but wearing a toque.


2016 WGA Writer’s Guild Awards
Nominated Best Documentary Screenplay

Film Festivals
2016 New York International Film Festival
2015 HotDocs
2015 Vancouver International Film Festival
2015 Nantucket Film Festival
2015 Traverse City Film Festival