There is no topic that unites all of Vancouver quite like that of housing. At every dinner party, social gathering, or chance meeting in the street, everyone has an opinion, and they want to share it. Charles Wilkinson’s new film Vancouver: No Fixed Address tackles the subject from a multiplicity of perspectives.
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.
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.
From chopping wood in the forest to hand-weaving bark in the studio, Steven Jerome, a Mi’gmaq man from Gesgapegiag, Quebec, honours his ancestors and future generations by demonstrating the delicate art of basket making. -SC
The hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” of natural gas deposits has become one of the most preeminent issues in the argument between natural resource profits versus environmental preservation. Some see it as a means of providing jobs, while others see it as an enormous risk to human and environmental health, including soil and water.
In 2014, activists, ranging from new Canadians to First Nations people, ascended Burnaby Mountain to make a camp on the future route of the proposed pipeline. They were willing to do whatever it took to prevent the project from going forward; a critical necessity in their eyes, if the earth was to be preserved for future generations.
Despite the ongoing environmental damage and pollution that have depleted his bee colonies, Lao Yu, a stalwart beekeeper in Northern China, is determined to keep his family tradition alive. After a year of living in the city, Lao’s son Maofu has returned home to their mountain village. It doesn’t take long before intergenerational conflicts erupt between father and son.
Let There Be Light explains the complex science needed to make this theoretical process become a reality. Science, history, politics, and visionary personalities combine with panache to achieve just the right ‘planetarium’ feel without getting cheesy. Archival footage and animation are also employed to great visual (and often hilarious) effect. Buckle up for a journey beyond the frontiers of science and technology with some sexy sub-particles.
Like the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago where the film is set, Cyrus Sutton’s Island Earth is a complex mix; at once hopeful and celebratory, but interwoven with notes of hardship and despair. The film examines how former plantation fields are now used for open air field- testing of restricted-use pesticides.
Yan Chun Su observes the last of Tibet’s drokpa (nomads) as they lead herds of yak and sheep over hilly grasslands. No longer limitless, the drokpa move across the section of pasture randomly allotted to them by the Chinese government. The film captures the last years of an agentive people caught inside a political and ecological landscape beyond their control.