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DOXA is pleased to announce the Best of DOXA screenings featuring an encore presentation of four films from the 2015 festival: The Forecaster, How to Change the World, Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll, and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. Screenings will take place on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, 2015 at The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC).

Best of DOXA screening: Sunday, May 24, 2015, 3:15pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver)

In The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders and Freedom Summer, both of which screened at DOXA) puts his masterful research skills to reveal the politics and history of the revolutionary organization known as The Black Panther Party. Stunning footage of demonstrations and back room meetings are brought to life by candid interviews with the folks who were on the front lines. Fearless not only in challenging white supremacy, but also in attacking capitalism, as well as demanding better housing and education, the Panthers actively advocated for social change. Passive resistance was not on the table. As levels of violence in the US reach new levels, and the racial divide continues to wreak havoc on the American psyche, this film could not be more necessary.

Best of DOXA screening: Sunday, May 24, 2015, 12:45pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver)

In the late 1950s, Phnom Penh was a hotbed of arts and culture, a swinging scene that gave way to a rock revolution in the 1960s and early 1970s. Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten provides a detailed retrospective of this lost era of rock and roll through interviews with Cambodian historians and musicians as well as archival footage of young mod rockers dancing and performing. But as political tensions rose, the musical climate changed. The Khmer Rouge seized power and began one of the most horrific acts of genocide in human history. Between 1975 and 1979, more than two million citizens were killed. Many of those targeted were the longhaired rockers who embodied modernity and western influence. 


Best of DOXA screening: Saturday, May 23, 2015, 3:15pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver)

In the fall of 1971, a young journalist named Bob Hunter volunteered to take a leaky, antique fishing boat dubbed “The Greenpeace” into the centre of the cold war. The American plan to conduct nuclear tests on Amchitka Island in the Arctic had galvanized a generation and Hunter found himself at the centre of a burgeoning movement. Bob understood the effects of media, and the revolutionary power of an image to shape pubic opinion. As the boat set forth, with a hand- painted sail and a new generation of eco-freaks aboard, the intent was to plant “a mind bomb” and bring the eyes of the world to what was happening. 

Best of DOXA screening: Saturday, May 23, 2015, 12:45pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St., Vancouver)

Martin Armstrong’s childhood hobbies included collecting coins and trading gold. This early obsession with monetary things led into his later career as an economic forecaster, and enabled the development of an algorithm with the uncanny ability to predict stock market crashes and economic turmoil. Martin’s formula triggered the interest of some rather unsavoury folk, including Russian mobsters and New York bankers, who all expressed a desire to obtain Armstrong’s source code. But it was the US Government that proved to be his biggest and most intractable foe. According to Martin’s predictions, we are bound for another global economic crisis very soon.

The 2015 DOXA Documentary Film Festival is extremely proud to announce the winners of The Feature Documentary Award, The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming, The Short Documentary Award and The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary. The juries met over the course of the festival to adjudicate, and award the winners and honourable mentions.

Vancouver, BC – We are living in interesting times. Nowhere is this rendered more explicit than in the world of nonfiction cinema. DOXA is proud to feature films that turn established ideas about documentary on its head. Whether it’s the infamous musical provocateurs The Residents or master pranksters The Yes Men, DOXA 2015 is packed to the brim with radicals, iconoclasts, weirdos, mavericks and James Franco.