Programmers' Picks Vol. 2

Programmers' Picks Vol. 2

Paloma Pacheco

Paloma has been involved with Vancouver's film community since 2013, and has held positions at VIFF, VLAFF, and the NFB, as well as helping to organize CoDev Canada's annual social justice film festival, Just Film. She is a lover of creative nonfiction in all its forms and will always be a devoted bibliophile at heart. This is her second year on DOXA's programming committee.

Sacred Water 

Olivier Jourdain | Belgium  

SUN MAY 7, 5:00PM, CINEMATHEQUE 

WED MAY 10, 9:15PM, VANCITY

There is so much to love in Sacred Water that it almost feels best to allow the film to speak for itself. Suffice to say that if you've been feeling heavy from the weight of the world (or even the weather) these last months, get thee to a screening! Olivier Jourdain's film about female ejaculation in Rwandan culture is so packed full of charm, playfulness and joie de vivre that it seems to physically leap off the screen and into your chest. From its brassy central character to its soul-stirring musical score and cheeky, unapologetic approach to sexuality, Sacred Water is sure to leave you rejuvenated in all the best ways. 

Vers la tendresse (Towards Tenderness) 

Alice Diop | France

SAT MAY 6, 9:30PM, SFU  

TUE MAY 9, 9:00PM, CINEMATHEQUE

Alice Diop deservedly took home the Cesar Award (France's version of the Oscars) for best short film this year for Vers la tendresse. A searingly eloquent and poetic depiction of marginalized masculinity, Diop's film investigates the inner lives of several young men living in the suburbs of Paris, capturing their musings on race, love, sexuality and identity. Her probing is both pointed and also empathetic, and the result is a truly intimate and beautiful exploration of what it means to be a man living on the periphery of a society that is not always welcoming.

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Anant Prabhakar

Anant is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a degree in critical & cultural studies. This is his third year on the programming committee. 

The Beekeeper and His Son 

Diedie Went | Switzerland/Canada 

SAT MAY 6, 12:00PM, VANCITY

MON MAY 8, 4:45PM, ANNEX 

An prodigal son returns home from life in the big city to assist his parents on their bee farm in the Chinese countryside. Diedie Weng's film explores the quiet tension between father and son, while maintaining a melancholic allure, that is occasionally upended by feisty goose, and a stubborn pig. The Beekeeper and His Son is a refreshingly honest depiction of family structure, its intricacies and complexities, set against the remarkable beauty of rural China.

Far Away Lands

Félix Lamarche | Canada

MON MAY 8, 6:45PM, ANNEX

The solitary life of a sailor is the starting point for Félix Lamarche's resplendent documentary. A diverse set of characters keep you engaged with their stories - rife with amusement, introspection, longing, and sometimes danger. The camaraderie between these individual workers speaks to the organic bond that develops among those who commit to life on the ocean. Far Away Lands is both visually grand in scope, and quietly contemplative.