Hubert Davis – An African Canadian Profile

Hubert Davis is a Canadian filmmaker and the first African-Canadian to be nominated for an Academy Award for Hardwood (2005) for Documentary Short Subject and he was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming for his directorial debut in this film. The latter is a short documentary exploring the life of his father, former Harlem Globetrotter, Mel Davis.

He was awarded the Don Haig Award for top emerging Canadian director at the 2007 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. His documentary Invisible City (2009) was a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada His film, Aruba (2006) was a Canadian coming-of-age dramatic short film and his fiction debut.

His most recent film, Giants of Africa (2016) is a Canadian documentary film that centers on Nigerian-Canadian sports executive Masai Ujiri’s Basketball Without Borders program to promote and build the sport of basketball in Africa. The film garnered two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017 — for Best Editing in a Documentary and Best Cinematography in a Documentary.