Ngardy Conteh George
Partner, Vice President
Ngardy Conteh George has emerged on the documentary scene at a time where the gaze has shifted to woman of colour behind the lens to tells more powerful stories. She says, “I work hard at building relationships with subjects in order to get to the heart of the story and unearth the truth. One thing that really interests me is the perspective of the African diaspora, stories that show seek expand the understanding and appreciation of our contributions to history and society.” Her vision started percolating Mattru Media and has over 10 years of work under her belt, she has been funded by the NFB, Sundance Documentary Institute, Toronto and Ontario Art Councils, Canada Council for the Arts and Telefilm and has made a concerted effort to broadcast the stories of those whose efforts often go unnoticed.
Among her earlier noted works is: NFB produced 'Soldiers for the Streets' (2004), a short documentary chronicling at-risk youth in downtown Toronto. One of Ngardy’s talents is her commitment to creativity and diversifying the way in which she tells stories, from serious historic subjects like the Caribbean Tales Best Canadian Presentation, ‘Dudley Speaks for Me’ (2016) to the more light hearted cooking show 'The Rhyming Chef' (Bite TV) and two seasons of 'Cypher' (AUX TV), a television series exploring underground hip hop culture in Canada.
Throw anything Ngardy’s way and you will receive an impressive piece of art with unique storytelling and engaging perspectives. Originally from Sierra Leone, she is passionate about adding her voice to the complex African and diaspora narrative. In 2008 her film ’The Circle of Slavery’ explored the abolition of enslavement and the historical relationship between her two countries of Canada and Sierra Leone.
Her first feature-length documentary ’The Flying Stars’, was an intimate portrait of amputee athletes in her native West African country. The film premiered at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), received grants from the Sundance Documentary Institute, won Best Documentary at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia and been broadcast around the world.
While she has a diverse portfolio of work, Ngardy also serves as a mentor with the Black Women Film! leadership program. She is committed to working with marginalized, and often unheard communities, especially those that represent the rich cultures and complexities of the African Diaspora. To that end, she has recently directed, co-produced and co-written 'Mr. Jane and Finch’ for CBC Docs POV, an insider's look into the controversial 2018 municipal election, when an 80 year old activist, decides to take on the establishment in its local election.
Ngardy thrives with challenging narratives, and when the time comes to speak about the pivotal moment in Black Canadian storytelling. Ngardy’s name will be a significant figure in this conversation.