Bailey and Soda Films is a documentary film production company that specializes in using oral history to bring to life important moments in Canadian history.

We are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies tells the story of a wave of African American immigrants who moved to Alberta and Saskatchewan between 1905-1912 in search of a better life.   Taking advantage of Canada’s offer of 160 acres of land for a $10 fee, 1000-1500 individuals moved to the Prairies and helped develop several settlements throughout the provinces.

Through the stories of 19 descendants of the original settlers, We are the Roots focuses on the experiences of discrimination these individuals encountered while living in the rural communities and in Edmonton.

[Film will be released online on Feb 25, 2018]


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On the Shoulders of Giants is a true Alberta story about three doctors from the prairies who worked tirelessly and selflessly to improve the conditions of health care and education in the province of Alberta by founding what is now the world renowned Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta.

As told by the Division’s visionary founders, Dr. Richard Sherbaniuk, Dr. Ronald Wensel and Dr. Wilfred Weinstein, this meaningful story sheds light on the changing face of health care in Alberta.

Our Approach

Bailey and Soda Films specializes in oral history. While producing well researched documentaries, we conduct lengthy one-on-one oral history interviews with the individuals involved in the historical events. For each project, we create an archive, complete with rich, in-depth interviews that can be kept for long-term preservation as well as a polished documentary that makes your history immediately accessible and shareable.

For more information about Bailey and Soda Films or to inquire about working with Bailey and Soda Films on future projects please contact:

Jenna Bailey
Company Director, Historian