John R. Brinkley started out as a down-on-his-luck doctor, travelling around the United States practicing “Eclectic Medicine” during the 1910s, to little financial avail. When he came across the now forgotten town of Milford, Kansas, though, his life took a dramatic turn thanks to, well, goat nuts.
Seed stock diversity is profoundly threatened by the mechanisms of unfettered capitalism. Monetized, hybridized, and, most critically, trademarked and patented by large corporations, the genetic variance of our most common food crops is critically threatened.
An elderly Palestinian couple’s rundown home in the Roshmia Valley, close to the Israeli city of Haifa, is the scene for a slowly unfolding tragedy. Yousef and Amna have lived in their tumbledown place, constructed of corrugated iron and canvas sheets, for more than 50 years. Change is on its way, and it is well nigh unstoppable. Yousef and Amna vow that they won’t be moved.
When State Senator Wendy Davis took to the floor of the Texas legislature and filibustered for 11 hours straight, the moment grabbed media attention around the globe. Davis’s impassioned stand on the right of women to safe and legal healthcare was part of a much larger struggle. In Texas, the doctors and nurses who provide family planning services, everything from pregnancy tests to STI information and access to abortion, face a daily fight, not only from anti-choice protestors who harass staff and abuse patients, but more critically, from their own government.
With the TPP and CETA about to be ratified, this compelling exploration of the fate of the fishing and oil industries in three Atlantic nations (Ireland, Norway, and Canada) is a timely and cautionary tale about the downside of global trade agreements. Supported by thorough archival research, great cinematography, evocative music, and spare narration balefully delivered by Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, Atlantic hits both an emotional and intellectual mark.
“The worst drug disaster in history would spread through 46 countries and produce up to 20,000 badly deformed babies.” So begins John Zaritsky’s new film that follows a group of people who were among the first to be affected by Thalidomide.
In Leamington, Ontario, greenhouse food production is a billion dollar industry. It is also an industry that is highly dependent on thousands of migrant workers from Mexico, Jamaica, and Southeast Asia. For many farm workers, the dream of a well-paying job becomes a nightmare when they are deceived into paying outrageous fees to brokers and recruiters.
DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences.