Justice is Screened

Justice is Screened

Justice is Screened

 

Vancouver, BC – DOXA is very proud to offer the fifth annual Justice Forum. Since its introduction, the Justice Forum has grown and developed into one of DOXA’s most important programs. The 2014 Justice Forum films encompass a broad range of social justice issues, from government surveillance to domestic abuse. With support from CUPE BC, DOXA is proud to present this outstanding selection of films.

Crazywater, Dennis Allen’s raw and honest exploration of substance abuse among First Nations communities confronts the root causes of addiction, beginning with Dennis’s own experience. Charity Hospital in New Orleans was once the oldest continuously operating hospital in the US. But in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the State had other plans and declared the hospital unfit for operation in Big Charity. Jayson Blair’s plummet from the heights of newspaper journalism fame was well documented, even by the very newspaper that hired him, but the deeper truth remains unclear in A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at the New York Times.

Long before Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning were turning out state secrets, a group of ordinary citizens were pulling back the rug to expose the dirty tricks of Hoover’s FBI in Johanna Hamilton’s 1971. The Belarus Free Theatre tackles any and all taboos, but especially those that are deemed off limits by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, one of Europe’s sole remaining dictators in Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements of Belarus. In 1887, more than thirty Chinese gold miners were massacred in Hells Canyon on the border between Oregon and Idaho. Their story is reconstructed in Massacred for Gold. Stanley Nelson captures the passion and commitment of the summer of 1964, when young people from across the US converged in Mississippi to help register black voters in Freedom Summer.

Domestic violence and victim blaming are confronted head on in Cynthia Hill’s powerful new film Private Violence. As the world continues to shrink, designers and architects are taking note and reinventing the very concept of the home in Jesper Wachtmeister’s Microtopia. When Cesar Chavez was sixty years old, the activist/union organizer embarked on his final and longest hunger strike to bring attention to the plight of farm workers in Cesar’s Last Fast.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 2 –11, 2014. Tickets are available online at www.doxafestival.ca. For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.