Activism

Jean-Marie Barbe and Arnaud Lambert | 
France |
 2016 | 
144 minutes

“Who is Chris Marker?” — is the question posed by the directors/ interlocutors, and every answer reveals a different reality. Some of the recollections are funny and bittersweet, such as Wim Wenders getting blind drunk with Marker at a bar in Tokyo.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Various Filmmakers | 
Canada |
42 minutes

Discover dynamic Indigenous voices through films made by First Nations youth from coast to coast. DOXA and VPL are happy to copresent an eye-opening program of curated fi lms by Wapikoni Mobile that will reveal unique stories, incredible talent, and powerful voices throughout Canada’s Indigenous communities.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
53 minutes

Whether it’s basket making in Northern Quebec, or selling plastic toys in urban China, this collection of short films calls attention to our increasingly complex and contradictory relationship with our stuff.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Marina Dodis, Derrick Daniels | 
Canada |
 2015 | 
4 minutes

Poet Henry Doyle narrates his life as a working artist and poet in the Downtown Eastside. -DW

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:15pm
Wayne Wapeemukwa | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
15 minutes

Through the creation of fantasy versions of themselves, a diverse group of residents reinvent their lives. -DW

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:15pm
Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell | 
Canada |
 1969 | 
36 minutes

On December 18, 1968, members of the Akwesasne Mohawk community blockaded the international bridge near Cornwall, Ontario. The intent was to bring public attention to treaty violations by the Canadian government. A young Mohawk chief named Mike Mitchell narrates throughout, explaining that things got off to a rocky start when no one remembered to bring scotch tape to post notices of the blockade.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Jacob Smith, Jon D. Erickson and Kathryn Goldman | 
US |
 2017 | 
93 minutes

Five people — including a school bus driver from LA, an anti-poverty activist from West Virginia, the organizers of Democracy Spring, and Senator Bernie Sanders — all come together in an intersectional coalition that offers a glimmer of hope in these dark days.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:30pm
Jennifer Brea | 
US |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

Long misunderstood by the medical system, and often perceived to be a psychological issue, the commonality of symptoms shared by people who have been diagnosed with M.E. indicates that there is something else at work. Made with unflinching honesty, Unrest is as much a memoir of Jennifer and Omar’s life together, as it is a medical mystery.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Kyoko Miyake | 
UK/Canada |
 2017 | 
88 minutes

With its saccharine vocal tracks and armies of young women in whacky outfits, it is easy to think of J-Pop idols as just another weird subculture. But idols are big business in Japan, reportedly worth more than a billion dollars per year. At the centre of this maelstrom of hysterical cuteness and rainbow-coloured froth are some pretty basic human emotions — namely loneliness and sadness.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:15pm
Jennifer M. Kroot | 
US |
 2017 | 
92 minutes

In Jennifer M. Kroot’s warm and deeply affectionate film, Armistead Maupin tells his story in his own words. Friends and colleagues including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan weigh in, but Armistead needs little help. A natural born raconteur, he talks about his first sexual experience, and then bursts into the torchy standard, “Is That All There Is?”

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:00pm