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DOXA 2016 Award Winners!

The 2016 DOXA awards were announced on May 14th, 2016 at 7PM (PST) in advance of the Festival’s closing night screening of Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson.

The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming was presented to Tamara Herman and Susi Porter-Bopp’s We Call Them Intruders (pictured above). An honourable mention was awarded to Brad Leitch’s film Reserve 107.  Skye Fitzgerald’s 50 Feet from Syria captured The Short Documentary Award. Jury members Hal Wake, Daniel Tseghay and Marsha Lederman stated of the film: “It is a stunning, brave, raw and unforgettable work that contributes an essential perspective on this horrific situation.” Honourable mention was also given to Aaron Schock’s La Laguna, a film that “takes us deep into a lush, remote rainforest in Mexico and tells the moving story of two young brothers caught between two worlds.” The Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary was given to Brett Story’s The Prison in Twelve Landscapes. Jury members Janice Ungano, Andrea Warner and Kathleen Jayme described the film as: “A gorgeous, raw, nuanced film that left us breathless, broken and irate.” The jury also awarded an honorable mention to Min Sook Lee’s Migrant Dreams: “An eye-opening, heart-wrenching look inside the shameful exploitation of the people who sacrifice everything to come to Canada to work as foreign labourers.” The Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female Directed Film was presented by jury members Jennifer Merin, Katherine Monk and Karen Martin. Brett Story’s The Prison in Twelve Landscapes was awarded the Feature Prize. The EDA Award for Best Short Documentary was given to Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers’s We Regret to Inform You... The Feature Documentary Award was presented to Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson. Jurors David Beers, Shaun Inouye and Barbara Chirinos described the winning film as: “A masterful, uniquely conceived documentary that provides both an insightful look at being a “witness” and a slowly unfurling, affecting memoir of a mother and daughter.” Honourable mention was also given to Claire Simon’s Le Bois don't les rêves sont faits. The jury members statement read: “Truly democratic in spirit, this warm, wonderful documentary’s honesty and frankness never cease to surprise.”

Additional Screening of The Infinite Happiness Announced

Due to popular demand, an additional screening of The Infinite Happiness has been added! Join us on Sunday May 15, 8:00pm at The Cinematheque.  


PG (Coarse language)

One sure-fire way to begin a conversation in Vancouver is to start talking about real estate. In collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, DOXA is proud to offer this special presentation of The Infinite Happiness. Superstar architect Bjarks Ingel’s designs have set a new standard for innovation, invention, as well as a little bit of eccentricity. But at the heart of one of his most iconic design projects is a very simple idea — community. Copenhagen’s 8 House was designed to resemble a mountain village, with residents able to see, talk to, and belong to their community. (8 House was awarded the Housing Building of the Year at the 2011 World Architecture Festival.)

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine’s series of films on cities and buildings (other projects include London’s Barbican Centre) have a breezy whimsical way that belies the cool intelligence and well-structured nature of their narratives. The Infinite Happiness unfolds a little like a novel in architectural form, with chapters devoted to kids’ parties, a hike up the building’s grass-covered roof, as well as time to check out the neighbours, which include a group of sheep grazing on the marshland below. Contain your housing lust if you are able. But with cozy apartments, a stunning view of the sea and a bike path that winds its way around all nine floors, it is difficult not to drop everything and move to Denmark. I’m already looking at apartments. -DW

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Expanded Industry Day

DOXA Documentary Film Festival is proud to present a day of panels and events to address the interests and needs of the documentary community. As documentary and nonfiction cinema enters into the mainstream, filmmakers are increasingly required to not only make their films, but to understand promotion, proliferating platforms, and new means of accessing audience. It is a brave new world for filmmakers, but if you would like some guidance, DOXA is here to help, with a series of panels that will address issues and areas of particular concern to those working in nonfiction cinema.


DOXA Announces New Executive Director

DOXA is very happy to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director 

Kathleen Mullen. Kathleen has worked in the film world for the past twenty years, and is returning to 

Vancouver from Toronto, where she has been based for the previous 16 years.

She started her career in Vancouver at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Travelling Canadian 

Film Festival, and Out on Screen in the mid-90s. She has worked as a film programmer at Hot Docs, 

Toronto International Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Provincetown International Film 

Festival. She was the Artistic Director at Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival for three years, 

and the Director of Programming at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival for 5 years. Most recently 

she was the Festival Director for TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. She has been on the board of the 

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and Images Festival of Independent Film and 

Video. Kathleen has a Master of Arts from Carleton University and a Master of Fine Arts from York 

University in Film Production. She is an independent filmmaker of short films. She made the award-

winning documentary Breathtaking. Her latest film Sundowning is being released in 2016. 

“We are pleased to introduce Kathleen Mullen as our new Executive Director for DOXA,” says Board 

Chair Sonia Fraser. “Kathleen, with her positive energy, leadership skills and attention to detail, brings 

two decades worth of experience in both film and festival work. She has been tirelessly dedicated to the 

documentary genre and believes in delivering a balanced, inclusive and quality festival. She will be a 

great asset to our talented DOXA team and comes to us during a time of challenging, but exciting 

growth for the organization.” 

Kathleen takes over from Kenji Maeda, who has been DOXA’s Executive Director since 2012. We have 

been fortunate to have Kenji build on our governance and organizational needs as DOXA has 

continued to progress. We will deeply miss Kenji, who has been an important part of the Festival’s 

growth and development. We wish Kenji well in his new endeavours and look forward to seeing him, as 

a friend and patron at future DOXA events.

photo by: Karin Hazé 

Community Box Office

On April 30, 2016, come visit DOXA's Community Box Office at XOXOLAT (1271 Homer Street) from 11 am - 4 pm. Choose your DOXA 2016 films and get your hard-copy tickets in person before the Festival! Plus, 20% of all XOXOLAT sales that day will be going towards DOXA.

So swing by to get your tickets and some wonderful single origin chocolate bars; we can't wait to see you!

Spotlight on Borders and Boundaries

Borders are more than arbitrary lines on a map, they’re also a means of controlling and mediating reality. But as the refugee crisis continues to expand, traditional barriers are failing. We are witnessing the largest human migration in history. In the face of this, the places we draw off in our mind - what is right or appropriate -- are also being challenged. Our Spotlight on Borders and Boundaries examines the ongoing negotiation between these physical and conceptual divisions.

John Bolton’s epic docudrama Aim For The Roses combines the tragic tale of Canadian daredevil Ken Carter with singing dancing automotive carnage to create a film that flaunts limits of physics and good sense. In Migrant Dreams, director Min Sook Lee examines the struggle of migrant agricultural workers against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as indentured labourers. As thousands of people try to escape war and oppression by fleeing across the Mediterranean, the Italian Island of Lampedusa is the first port of entry in Jakob Brossman’s Lampedusa In Winter. Jay Cheel’s film explores the ultimate boundary, the 4th dimension -- time itself in How to Build a Time Machine. After the Chernobyl disaster on April 26,1986, more than 100,000 people were forcibly evacuated and told they could never go home again. But some residents were determined to return in Holly Morris and Anne Bogart’s film The Babushkas of Chernobyl.

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 in Salim Abu Jabal’s Roshmia. Nathalie Loubeyre’s Flow Mechanics speaks to the many ways in which debates over immigration render the experiences of those seeking refuge in Europe (and elsewhere) invisible. Director Juan Mauel Sepúlveda’s journey to make a film with the residents of Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park became an epic all its own in The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park. Once a nomadic people, the Inupiaq were relocated to Kivalina, Alaska, by the US government more than a century ago. Today, the community struggles to maintain itself in the face of forces largely beyond its control in Gina Abatemarco’s Kivalina. The lives of a group of Syrian refugees attempting to flee across the sea from Egypt to Europe are the focus of George Kurian’s The Crossing.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 5 –15, 2016. To purchase tickets, click the Buy Tickets button on the specific film page you would like to see.


DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2016: A Leap of Faith

DOXA dives headlong into the nonfiction universe. Whether it is one of the best BASE jumpers in the world or the great Maya Angelou soaring the heights of literary fame, this year’s selection of films take a leap of faith in the quest for justice, peace, freedom and naked glory.

Every artist has their great white whale. For Canadian daredevil Ken Carter, it was jumping the St. Lawrence River in a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental. For filmmaker John Bolton, it was a musical docudrama called Aim For The Roses. DOXA is exceptionally proud to open the festival with this extraordinary film.

We are witnessing the largest human migration in history. Our spotlight program Borders and Boundaries looks at the refugee crisis, as well as the more difficult to establish notion of boundaries with a selection of films that breakdown the national barriers, and even tackle time and space.

Midweek special presentations Brent Hodge’s Pistol Shrimps and Rama Rau’s The League of Exotique Dancers look at the way women are fighting for strength and identity, whether that is on the basketball court or the burlesque stage. (We aimed for gender parity this year at DOXA and we slam-dunked it!)

Whether it is growing up black in America (Black Life Is, Ain’t and Still Rises) or living through a revolution (Arab Spring / Arab Fall) our curated programs are fueled by a desire for change. The second edition of French French includes a retrospective of the work of acclaimed filmmaker Claire Simon.

Kirsten Johnson’s work with Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) and Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) has arguably moved documentary cinema into the public eye in an entirely new way. In Cameraperson, she turns her lens on herself and her body of work in our closing night film.

DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 5 –15, 2016. To purchase tickets, click the Buy Tickets button on the specific film page you would like to see. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE.

For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.

Program Book Delivery

Be one of the first to put your hands on to the 2016 DOXA Documentary Film Festival Program Book and have it mailed to your door. 

Each book order is $10 and includes shipping to a Canadian address. 

Please note that you do have the option of picking up a program book for FREE starting April 14 at various locations around Vancouver. (Details will be posted on the DOXA website at that time.)

The cut off for ordering a mailed book is April 6 at 9:00am. Program Books will be mailed out on April 7, 2016.

We've reached 50,000 Aeroplan Miles!

Thanks to our generous supporters, we've reached our Aeroplan Campaign goal of 50,000 Miles! 

Although we've met our goal, we will continue to collect miles - so please consider donating today.  The more miles we receive, the more filmmakers we can fly to our 2016 festival!

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