Best of DOXA | Virunga and 1971

Best of DOXA | Virunga and 1971

Vancouver, BC – DOXA Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce Best of DOXA, featuring an encore screening of Orlando von Einsiedel's Virunga (Winner of the 2014 DOXA Feature Documentary Award), and Johanna Hamilton's revelatory new film 1971.

In the verdant depths of Eastern Congo stands Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. Virunga is a place that almost defies description, from the deep scarlet lava lakes of Nyiragongo volcano, to the grasslands spotted with antelope, elephants, lions, and hippos. It is also home to the world’s only remaining population of wild mountain gorillas. But even in this most beautiful of places, human corruption and greed threatens destruction and death. A group of fiercely dedicated park rangers — including a Belgian conservationist, and a ranger-turned-substitute parent for a group of orphan gorillas — stand guard over the park and its wild inhabitants. Einsiedel’s film is documentary on a grand scale, as befits the extraordinary place it depicts. But more importantly, it is a remarkable portrait of a group of people, united in a common purpose, and a critical reminder of the courage required to protect the most rare and extraordinary creatures that walk the earth. Virunga screens at 6:30PM at the Cinematheque.

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 1971, a group of eight ordinary people (college professors, activists, and a cab driver) formed an elaborate plan to break into an FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania and liberate whatever documents they could find. They got far more than they bargained for. Outlined in grey government language were plans to subvert the left-leaning elements in the nation; everything from paying mailmen to spy on university professors, to plans to infiltrate the Black Panthers and the Boy Scouts. One document detailed plans to send an agent to look into the fact that a Boy Scout troop had pen pals behind the iron curtain. Despite attempts to track down the people responsible for the theft (at one point more than 200 agents were combing Media, Pennsylvania), the perpetrators were never discovered. Until now…With recreations, candid interviews, and some truly startling reveals, the people behind the story talk about, not only the break in, but more importantly, the motivation and meaning behind it. 1971 Screens at 8:45PM at the Cinematheque.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 6:30PM @ The Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street, Vancouver)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 8:45PM @ The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St, Vancouver)

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