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OYA Media Group is a Black women-led production company in Toronto founded by Alison Duke and Ngardy Conteh George.
In 2019, they produced and co-wrote Mr. Jane and Finch, a CBC POV Documentary which won two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Writing for a Documentary.
In 2020, Alison’s debut short film Promise Me won two Golden Sheaf awards at the Yorkton Film Festival. Her TV documentary special Cool Black North for Rogers/City is now available on Apple TV. Over the years her projects have aired on Netflix, Superchannel, Rogers SVOD, CBC, Sundance Channel, Life Network, BET and TVO. She is currently in production on two feature documentaries.
Ngardy’s films include short documentaries Soldiers for the Streets (NFB/CBCNewsworld, 2004) and Dudley Speaks for Me, part of the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project(Best Canadian Presentation, Caribbean Tales Int’l Film Festival, 2016). Her first feature-length documentary The Flying Stars won Best Documentary at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta and has been broadcast around the world.
Alison and Ngardy are launching Year 4 of the OYA Emerging Filmmakers Program, an initiative they kick-started that supports Black youth.