ShowDiasporic Music
Broadcast TitleDiasporic Music on October 16, 2016
Broadcast Date2016-10-16
Record Date2016-10-16

Sudz Sutherland, writer / director /executive producer

Yves Engler, Montrà ©al-based activist and author.

MUSIC: Fugees, dead prez, Gil Scott-Heron, Charenee Wade, Esther Phillips, Fiona, Super Cat, the Drifters, Rick James, Mighty Gabby


Sudz Sutherland (Writer/Director) works on both sides of the fence as a freelance writer and director for TV dramas and feature films. Sudz's latest feature film, Home Again, won the prestigious PAFF‐BAFTA Festival Choice Award in Los Angeles and was recently nominated for Best Direction from the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). Home Again is the follow up to his multiple award winning and Genie nominated debut feature film Love, Sex and Eating the Bones. Sudz is developing two new feature films, Operation Red Dog and Colour Blind. He is currently in pre-production on 'Shoot the Messenger,' his first Dramatic series co-created with writer/producer Jennifer Holness airing on the CBC.

Sudz directed The Phantoms, which won an International Kids Emmy. He also won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction for the TV movie as well as garnering a Director's Guild of Canada Best Direction nomination. The Dream Street Pictures project aired in Fall 2012 on CBC.

Sudz also co-created his first television series, the half-hour comedy She's The Mayor with Jennifer Holness and Min Sook Lee. He also wrote and directed several episodes. The show received numerous critical nods and is distributed by BBC WorldWide.

Previous to this, Sudz was involved with the feature film Toronto Stories, an anthology in conjunction with three other directors and was invited to TIFF for September 2008.

Sudz also co-wrote and directed the dramatic miniseries Guns for CBC based on four families caught up in illegal gun trafficking. Starring Colm Feore and Elisha Cuthbert, Guns won five Gemini Awards including Best Writing and Directing for Sudz.

Sudz also wrote and directed the triple Gemini award-winning (Best Direction, Best Supporting Actress, Best Television Movie) Doomstown, an MOW for CTV/Sarrazin-Couture.

Sudz's episodic television directing work includes: Syfy Network's Haven CW's Reign, Beauty and the Beast, CBC's Cracked, numerous Murdoch Mysteries, Heartland and Wild Roses.

He directed the pilot and second episode of Da Kink in my Hair for Global, Degrassi: The Next Generation for CTV, The Famous Jett Jackson for Disney, Drop the Beat for CBC, Skin Deep III for Life Network, Tell It Like It Is for W Network, Brand New Life for NFB/YTV and Canadian Geographic for Kids for TVO.

Sudz's powerful half-hour dramatic debut, My Father's Hands screened at The Toronto International Film Festival. It won the $20,000 HBO Short Film Award at the Acapulco Black Film festival, and in Canada it went on to win prizes at the Yorkton Film Festival (four awards including best drama, script, direction and best actor). The film was also nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Short. In addition, Sudz co-directed the National Film Board's documentary film, Speakers for the Dead


Former Vice President of the Concordia Student Union, Yves Engler is a Montrà ©al-based activist and author. He has published eight books: Canada in Africa - 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation, The Ugly Canadian - Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy, Lester Pearson's Peacekeeping - The Truth May Hurt, Stop Signs - Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi), The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy (Shortlisted for the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non Fiction in the Quebec Writers' Federation Literary Awards), Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical and (with Anthony Fenton) Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority and Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid and his latest work A Propaganda System: How Canada's government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation.

Yves was born in Vancouver, where he grew up playing hockey. He was a peewee teammate of NHL star Mike Ribeiro at Huron Hochelaga in Montrà ©al before playing in the B.C. Junior League. After being suspended from Concordia University, he turned to research and writing, but he's still a fan of the great Canadian sport. To contact Yves email Yvesengler (at)


Fugees, dead prez, Gil Scott-Heron, Charenee Wade, Esther Phillips, Fiona, Super Cat, the Drifters, Rick James, Mighty Gabby