2017 Festival Schedule

2017 Festival Schedule

DOXA presents films that have not been seen by Consumer Protection BC. Under BC law, anyone wishing to attend the festival must be a member of The Documentary Media Society and 18 years of age or older, unless otherwise noted. With your membership ($2), you are entitled to attend any screening in 2017, provided you show your membership card. Memberships are available at theatre venues during the festival or bundled with your online ticket purchase.

Online ticket sales end 2 hours prior to the screening. Tickets are available at DOXA venues during the festival.

If advance tickets are sold out, a limited number of rush tickets may be available at the theatre 10-15 minutes before the film. For more info about tickets, click here.

Thursday, May 4th

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:30pm
Marie Clements | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
101 minutes

Marie Clements’ musical documentary is simultaneously a piece of BC First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism.

Friday, May 5th

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:30pm
Jérôme Clément-Wilz | 
France |
 2016 | 
63 minutes

When a transgender ex-schoolteacher named Karen travels to the US to work with an old cowboy in an extended series of "Pony Play" sessions, the rituals of domination and submission between trainer and trainee must be strictly observed. In the arena where they work, Karen is taught the rigors of donning a bit and bridle, how to walk in ornate leather hooves, and how to pull a cart.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Fabrizio Terranova | 
Belgium |
 2017 | 
81 minutes

Donna Haraway (A Cyborg Manifesto author) talks about her work and her life in director Fabrizio Terranova’s film portrait. Haraway’s winding reflections and insights are set against images of squiggly sea creatures, kooky animation, and a breezy electronic score. The result is a tranquil, yet playful meditation that dives headfirst into the mind of one of the most inventive and curious thinkers living today.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:00pm
Claire Simon  | 
France |
 2016 | 
119 minutes

The title, translated as “the entrance exam,” is an in-depth and intimate look at the students looking to gain a place in La Fémis, one of the most famous and prestigious film schools in the world (Simon herself was the Head of Directing Studies).  As the budding cinéastes struggle to find a place, the narrative spends a good deal of time with their interlocutors, pulling back the curtain to reveal the depth of seriousness and care that is extended to the students.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 8:30pm
Julia Ivanova | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
107 minutes

For many young Canadians in the 2000s, Fort McMurray was El Dorado. Dubbed “Fort McMoney” by detractors and admirers alike, the city and its vast oil sands projects offered lucrative employment to thousands of fortune seekers who came from across Canada and around the world. Julia Ivanova’s documentary follows seven such dreamers, arriving from places as far flung as Sudan and Lebanon, as they pursue their dreams amidst a time of great uncertainty in the oil market.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

From the opening guitar thunder of Link Wray’s smash hit, you know you are in for a wild ride. Directors Catherine Bainbridge (Reel Injun) and Alfonso Maiorana have assembled a veritable who’s who in the music business, from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler to attest to the pivotal role that First Nations artists played in the development of Blues, Rock and Funk.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 4:15pm
Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
77 minutes

Dance, that most protean form of human communication, is given three wildly innovative outlets in this trio of short films. Dancers commune with their animal spirits, opera gets spooky, and dance meets finance in the streets of London town.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Various Filmmakers | 
Canada |
42 minutes

Discover dynamic Indigenous voices through films made by First Nations youth from coast to coast. DOXA and VPL are happy to copresent an eye-opening program of curated fi lms by Wapikoni Mobile that will reveal unique stories, incredible talent, and powerful voices throughout Canada’s Indigenous communities.

Saturday, May 6th

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 5:45pm
Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari | 
Iran |
 2017 | 
65 minutes

Family life in all its complicated and humble glory is the heart of Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari’s film. Butterfly follows Zainab, an indomitable young woman, as she goes about daily routines on her family’s farmstead in rural Iran.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Jean-Marie Barbe and Arnaud Lambert | 
France |
 2016 | 
144 minutes

“Who is Chris Marker?” — is the question posed by the directors/ interlocutors, and every answer reveals a different reality. Some of the recollections are funny and bittersweet, such as Wim Wenders getting blind drunk with Marker at a bar in Tokyo.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
Heather White and Lynn Zhang | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
88 minutes

While people in the West use smartphones to live healthier, happier lives, the construction of such devices has horrific health effects on the people who actually make them. Complicit shines a light on the dark irony of the global electronic manufacturing industry in China, where 90% of the world’s consumer electronics are produced, including 70% of its cell phones.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Charles Wilkinson  | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
75 minutes

There is no topic that unites all of Vancouver quite like that of housing. At every dinner party, social gathering, or chance meeting in the street, everyone has an opinion, and they want to share it. Charles Wilkinson’s new film Vancouver: No Fixed Address tackles the subject from a multiplicity of perspectives. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:15pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:45pm
Koldo Almandoz | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
67 minutes

Moving between past and present, Ghost Ship takes the viewer on a circuitous voyage from Oscar Wilde and Florence Balcombe to F.W. Murnau and a Portuguese party boat — discovering the history of blood science, film tinting, and the cruise ship industry along the way.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 3:30pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1999 | 
55 minutes

Two of Chris Marker’s remarkable film portraits, including his masterful and deeply personal analysis of the work of Andrei Tarkovsky. Edited some twelve years after Tarkovsky’s death for the collection Cinéma, de notre temps (Cinema of Our Times), Une Journée d’Andrei Arsenevitch (One Day In The Life Of Andrei Arsenevich) is an extraordinary love letter from one filmmaker to another, and a memento mori of the most profound kind.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30pm
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:00pm
Alice Diop | 
France |
 2016 | 
38 minutes

Along the sidewalks and cafés of Seine-Saint- Denis, groups of young men, dressed in hoodies and streetwear, talk with remarkable bluntness and honesty about love, desire, sex, and race. As one man says “White people experience love They were taught how.” Made with a shattering level of intimacy, Alice Diop’s film is both a cinepoem and a piercing statement on the nature of disenfranchisement.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Eliane de Latour  | 
France |
 2015 | 
80 minutes

Recalling the work of Portuguese master Pedro Costa, in particular his Fontainhas trio (Ossos, In Vanda’s Room, and Colossal Youth) Little Go Girls has the same almost magisterial quality of image. The women and girls who ply their trade initially regard de Latour’s camera with benign indifference. But the relationship between the women and the filmmaker gradually grows more trusting.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:15pm
Ali Weinstein | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
76 minutes

The myth of the mermaid spans the globe from the Amazon to the fjords of Scandinavia. Throughout history, the figure of the half-fish, half-human has surfaced with regularity, from the three-thousand- year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa. Modern mermaids are just as diverse, as Ali Weinstein’s charming new film illustrates.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:45pm
Diedie Weng | 
Switzerland/Canada |
 2016 | 
85 minutes

Despite the ongoing environmental damage and pollution that have depleted his bee colonies, Lao Yu, a stalwart beekeeper in Northern China, is determined to keep his family tradition alive. After a year of living in the city, Lao’s son Maofu has returned home to their mountain village. It doesn’t take long before intergenerational conflicts erupt between father and son.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Yuri Ancarani | 
France, Italy |
 2016 | 
70 minutes

Yuri Ancarani’s beautiful and bizarre film takes us inside the rarefied world of Middle Eastern falconry. Here the sport attracts passionate devotees from the Qatari hyper-rich who compete at auction for the best birds, drive deep into the desert to train their charges, and then assemble in Mad Max-style stadiums for spectacular tournaments.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 2:15pm
Maite Alberdi  | 
Chile/The Netherlands/France |
 2016 | 
80 minutes

The only thing sweeter than the cream puffs in Maite Alberdi’s charming film are the warm and funny interactions between middle-aged students, all of whom have Down syndrome. Many of the residents have worked in the school bakery for forty years, but the pull of adulthood, and all it represents — sex, marriage, and family — has taken hold.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:15pm
Dmitrii Kalashnikov | 
Belarus/Russia/Serbia/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia |
 2016 | 
67 minutes

The Road Movie is a film one watches in a state somewhere between existential dread and morbid hilarity. Voyeuristic, yes, but there is something even more curious at work here, namely the capricious, occasionally malevolent force that for lack of a better term we call fate. It pops up in meteors streaking across the sky, in car crashes, runaway tanks, forest fires and pop-eyed madmen. Here it is, the nature of the universe — endlessly unpredictable, prone to sudden bursts of freaky weirdness, all helpfully captured by dashboard cameras, present in almost all Russian cars.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:30pm
Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
61 minutes

Whether it’s celebrating people who have fish-related surnames, decorating dioramas for land snails, gluing broken turtle shells back together, or forging deep connections with chimpanzees, these short films demonstrate that humans are at their finest when inspired by other living creatures.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Various Filmmakers | 
Canada |
42 minutes

Discover dynamic Indigenous voices through films made by First Nations youth from coast to coast. DOXA and VPL are happy to copresent an eye-opening program of curated fi lms by Wapikoni Mobile that will reveal unique stories, incredible talent, and powerful voices throughout Canada’s Indigenous communities.

Sunday, May 7th

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:15pm
Maki Berchache & Nathalie Nambot | 
France/Tunisia |
 2014 | 
75 minutes

The opening shot in Brûle la mer of roiling storm-tossed seas moving in perpetual motion sets the tone for the cinepoem to come. Elegantly constructed, the film employs the age-old device of someone telling you a story. In this case, the narrative is that of young Tunisian refugees (some 25,000) including Maki and his two brothers, who fled their country after the 2011 Jasmine Revolution.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:30pm
Yan Chun Su | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
79 minutes

Yan Chun Su observes the last of Tibet’s drokpa (nomads) as they lead herds of yak and sheep over hilly grasslands. No longer limitless, the drokpa move across the section of pasture randomly allotted to them by the Chinese government. The film captures the last years of an agentive people caught inside a political and ecological landscape beyond their control.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:45pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 8:00pm
Carmen Pollard | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
74 minutes

When James Pollard is given a terminal cancer diagnosis, he sets about orchestrating his own death. Like any good theatre producer, he researches options into different modes of burial, and the best means and methodologies of preserving his body after death. This may sound slightly morbid, but the practicality, and often surprising amounts of humour, with which James contends with his situation allows for an openness and freedom in dealing with death.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Christian Tod  | 
Austria / Germany |
 2017 | 
96 minutes

Imagine receiving a cheque every month that would cover your essential needs. How would you spend your time? What would you do with the extra cash? Unconditional basic income, guaranteed annual income, and negative income tax are just a few of the names for the social security program that has been gaining momentum around the world.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 4:15pm
Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster | 
The Netherlands |
 2017 | 
115 minutes

Meet Haya (bossy and manipulative), Leanne (who positively glows, even when flinching from loud noises in the playground), and Jorj (who casually jokes about post-war stresses, but still clearly suffers). They are three Syrian refugees between the ages of six and nine, now students in a small town in the Netherlands. And in the background, often as a disembodied voice, is Miss Kiet, their teacher. She is understanding but firm, working calmly and efficiently under extremely challenging circumstances.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:30pm
Luke Walker | 
Australia/US |
 2017 | 
83 minutes

Political junkies will enjoy this light-hearted look into the political campaign of Dr Ben Carson, who briefly polled ahead of Donald Trump in the 2015 run for the Republican nomination, and sought to define himself as the anti-establishment candidate who appealed to “real people.”

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Guilherme B. Hoffmann | 
Brazil |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

Shot over two years from 2014 to 2016, Praia unfolds a portrait of Brazilian life that captures the vibrancy and idiosyncratic eclecticism that draw tourists and locals to the country’s beaches. Filmmaker Guilherme B. Hoffmann takes an observational approach, creating a film that is by turns comic, sweet, and serious as he introduces us to a motley collection of characters on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:15pm
Olivier Jourdain | 
Belgium |
 2016 | 
56 minutes

In Rwanda, there is a tradition of female pleasure that undoes all the standards of Hollywood and most of the Western world combined. It is kunyaza, a practice that centres on that mythic holy grail of human sexuality: female ejaculation. According to local mythos, a warrior queen, unsatisfied by her husband, took a servant as a lover and was so pleased with him that she brought forth the great waters that eventually turned into Lake Kivu. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
David Goldberg | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
39 minutes

In 2014, activists, ranging from new Canadians to First Nations people, ascended Burnaby Mountain to make a camp on the future route of the proposed pipeline. They were willing to do whatever it took to prevent the project from going forward; a critical necessity in their eyes, if the earth was to be preserved for future generations. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
Michael Premo  | 
US |
 2016 | 
20 minutes

The hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” of natural gas deposits has become one of the most preeminent issues in the argument between natural resource profits versus environmental preservation. Some see it as a means of providing jobs, while others see it as an enormous risk to human and environmental health, including soil and water.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Salome Jashi | 
Germany, Georgia |
 2016 | 
73 minutes

Director Salome Jashi plays with the idea of perception in this enlightening film about contemporary Georgian life. The town folk in the interviews, as well as the journalists themselves, are acutely aware of how they are perceived. This often results in delicately painful conversations about just what aspects of the community, and its inhabitants, should be displayed, and what content is best left out.

Monday, May 8th

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 4:45pm
Bart Simpson | 
Canada/UK |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

Part ode, part critique, Bart Simpson’s film Brasilia: Life After Design takes the viewer on a sweetly surreal and slightly melancholic tour of a strange and monumental cityscape. The camera pans across sweeping urban vistas, peers through archways and down the long central axis, capturing images of random city dwellers spaced like birds on a wire around the perimeter of the enormous spaces between buildings.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Jérôme le Maire | 
Belgium / France / Switzerland |
 2016 | 
85 minutes

For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit at one of Paris’ biggest hospitals. The result is gripping and infuriating, tragic and ridiculous. It’s like ER meets The Office, as directed by D. A. Pennebaker.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:30pm
Peter Bratt | 
US |
 2017 | 
95 minutes

Dolores Huerta may just be the most vocal activist you’ve never heard of. Along with Cesar Chavez, Huerta was responsible for organizing minority farm workers all across California and founding United Farm Workers Dolores is a vibrant and long overdue tribute to a trailblazing 20th century feminist.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:45pm
Félix Lamarche | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
98 minutes

Have you ever looked out onto Howe Sound and wondered about the container ships at anchor there? What happens on these floating prisons? How do people make their lives at sea? Félix Lamarche’s elegant and poignant film takes us aboard one such cargo ship in a film that is at once monumental and intimate.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:45pm
Diedie Weng | 
Switzerland/Canada |
 2016 | 
85 minutes

Despite the ongoing environmental damage and pollution that have depleted his bee colonies, Lao Yu, a stalwart beekeeper in Northern China, is determined to keep his family tradition alive. After a year of living in the city, Lao’s son Maofu has returned home to their mountain village. It doesn’t take long before intergenerational conflicts erupt between father and son.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
David Goldberg | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
39 minutes

In 2014, activists, ranging from new Canadians to First Nations people, ascended Burnaby Mountain to make a camp on the future route of the proposed pipeline. They were willing to do whatever it took to prevent the project from going forward; a critical necessity in their eyes, if the earth was to be preserved for future generations. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
Michael Premo  | 
US |
 2016 | 
20 minutes

The hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” of natural gas deposits has become one of the most preeminent issues in the argument between natural resource profits versus environmental preservation. Some see it as a means of providing jobs, while others see it as an enormous risk to human and environmental health, including soil and water.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
53 minutes

Whether it’s basket making in Northern Quebec, or selling plastic toys in urban China, this collection of short films calls attention to our increasingly complex and contradictory relationship with our stuff.

Tuesday, May 9th

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:45pm
François Jacob | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
110 minutes

French-Canadian filmmaker François Jacob captures life in contemporary Norilsk (the city alone produces 20% of the world’s nickel) with a roaming camera, depicting the city and its residents with care and curiosity. A mix of black and white archival footage and a minimalist piano score softens the industrial-strength grimness. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Pau Faus | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
86 minutes

Ada For Mayor is the incredible story of Colau’s journey from radical grassroots activist to principled politician. It is also the story of a movement that triumphed against all odds: the leftist Guanyem party, created by and for the citizens of Barcelona, committed to defending their rights against all affronts.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:30pm
Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman | 
US |
 2016 | 
88 minutes

Fattitude tackles the subject of body size prejudice from a multiplicity of perspectives including race, class, and gender. Featuring interviews and analyses from a broad range of writers, academics, activists, and artists, Fattitude assails a complex tangle of cultural and social constructs — everything from economic status to the politics of being seen.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30pm
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:00pm
Alice Diop | 
France |
 2016 | 
38 minutes

Along the sidewalks and cafés of Seine-Saint- Denis, groups of young men, dressed in hoodies and streetwear, talk with remarkable bluntness and honesty about love, desire, sex, and race. As one man says “White people experience love They were taught how.” Made with a shattering level of intimacy, Alice Diop’s film is both a cinepoem and a piercing statement on the nature of disenfranchisement.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 3:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 6:30pm
Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

Let There Be Light explains the complex science needed to make this theoretical process become a reality. Science, history, politics, and visionary personalities combine with panache to achieve just the right ‘planetarium’ feel without getting cheesy. Archival footage and animation are also employed to great visual (and often hilarious) effect. Buckle up for a journey beyond the frontiers of science and technology with some sexy sub-particles. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:15pm
Various | 
Canada |
 2015-2017 | 
56 minutes

A kaleidoscopic portrait of people and their city — from the West End to the Downtown Eastside.

Wednesday, May 10th

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 2004 | 
58 minutes

A more fitting film for our electoral moment is hard to imagine than Chris Marker’s Chats perchés (The Case of the Grinning Cat). The film has the serendipitous timing that is the hallmark of great art: it is always relevant, and au courant — sometimes painfully so.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:30pm
Marie Clements | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
101 minutes

Marie Clements’ musical documentary is simultaneously a piece of BC First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Guilherme B. Hoffmann | 
Brazil |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

Shot over two years from 2014 to 2016, Praia unfolds a portrait of Brazilian life that captures the vibrancy and idiosyncratic eclecticism that draw tourists and locals to the country’s beaches. Filmmaker Guilherme B. Hoffmann takes an observational approach, creating a film that is by turns comic, sweet, and serious as he introduces us to a motley collection of characters on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
Jonathan Olshefski | 
US |
 2017 | 
105 minutes

In North Philadelphia, the Raineys are a regular African-American family who stay strong and loving despite ongoing adversity. Jonathan Olshefski’s powerful documentary follows Christopher and Christine’a, their teenage daughter Patricia (PJ), and Christine’a’s older son William over a ten-year period. The spectacular power of Quest comes from its complete lack of sentimentality. Its unflinching honesty reflects how the Raineys themselves are unapologetically candid, and relentlessly courageous. This is a family with a deep bond of love and faith, and this timely film has a lot to teach us.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:15pm
Olivier Jourdain | 
Belgium |
 2016 | 
56 minutes

In Rwanda, there is a tradition of female pleasure that undoes all the standards of Hollywood and most of the Western world combined. It is kunyaza, a practice that centres on that mythic holy grail of human sexuality: female ejaculation. According to local mythos, a warrior queen, unsatisfied by her husband, took a servant as a lover and was so pleased with him that she brought forth the great waters that eventually turned into Lake Kivu. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:30pm
Olivier Babinet | 
France |
 2016 | 
84 minutes

From its bravura opening POV shot, swooping like a bird of prey over an urban nightscape, Olivier Babinet’s film announces itself with a grand flourish. Swagger, indeed!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:15pm
Various | 
Canada |
 2015-2017 | 
56 minutes

A kaleidoscopic portrait of people and their city — from the West End to the Downtown Eastside.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
Various | 
Various |
 2015-2017 | 
70 minutes

From Qatar to Quebec, Serbia to Ohio, this collection of films exposes sites of personal and emotional history. A variety of film and video techniques push the formal and narrative boundaries of cinema. -SC

Thursday, May 11th

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:30pm
Alexandre O. Philippe | 
US |
 2017 | 
91 minutes

Whether or not they knew it, Hitchcock and his collaborators created a pivotal point in the cultural and cinematic landscapes of North America. Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52 seeks to understand just what made that scene so legendary, deconstructing it to explore what each stab of the knife meant for cinema and culture.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:30pm
Jérôme Clément-Wilz | 
France |
 2016 | 
63 minutes

When a transgender ex-schoolteacher named Karen travels to the US to work with an old cowboy in an extended series of "Pony Play" sessions, the rituals of domination and submission between trainer and trainee must be strictly observed. In the arena where they work, Karen is taught the rigors of donning a bit and bridle, how to walk in ornate leather hooves, and how to pull a cart.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
Ouananiche | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
66 minutes

It starts with a pulse. A single beat of sound From a generic Montreal subway platform to the most far-flung parts of the planet, Elsewhere explores the human passion for movement and the undeniable siren song of travel. This is a film that is felt, as much as witnessed, pushed along by a propulsive soundtrack and zippy animation.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1993 | 
116 minutes

Chris Marker’s expansive, nay, insanely encompassing portrait of his friend and colleague, Aleksandr Ivanovich Medvedkin begins with Medvedkin assailing the screen and stating: “Chris, you lazy bastard, why don’t you ever write to me, send me a letter, even that short...” So begins this epistolary film, composed of six different letters, each corresponding to a period of Medvedkin’s life and work. The film is Marker’s post-mortem answer (and tribute).

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Ovidie | 
France |
 2017 | 
77 minutes

The dirtiest thing in director Ovidie’s investigation of the global porn business is not the sex, but the money. The numbers are staggering. Much of the profit generated by "tube sites" comes from the poverty-level wages paid to an amateur workforce.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:30pm
Olivier Babinet | 
France |
 2016 | 
84 minutes

From its bravura opening POV shot, swooping like a bird of prey over an urban nightscape, Olivier Babinet’s film announces itself with a grand flourish. Swagger, indeed!

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:15pm
Kyoko Miyake | 
UK/Canada |
 2017 | 
88 minutes

With its saccharine vocal tracks and armies of young women in whacky outfits, it is easy to think of J-Pop idols as just another weird subculture. But idols are big business in Japan, reportedly worth more than a billion dollars per year. At the centre of this maelstrom of hysterical cuteness and rainbow-coloured froth are some pretty basic human emotions — namely loneliness and sadness.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:30pm
Jacob Smith, Jon D. Erickson and Kathryn Goldman | 
US |
 2017 | 
93 minutes

Five people — including a school bus driver from LA, an anti-poverty activist from West Virginia, the organizers of Democracy Spring, and Senator Bernie Sanders — all come together in an intersectional coalition that offers a glimmer of hope in these dark days.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
53 minutes

Whether it’s basket making in Northern Quebec, or selling plastic toys in urban China, this collection of short films calls attention to our increasingly complex and contradictory relationship with our stuff.

Friday, May 12th

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Kandis Friesen | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
37 minutes

Katyusha: Rocket Launchers, Folk Songs and Ethnographic Refrains focuses on the role of song as cultural form, following the Soviet war-time hit song Katyusha, the rocket launcher that subsequently took on its name, and the tragic life of the secretly Mennonite Soviet pop star Anna German, who recorded an immensely popular version of the song in 1962. 

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Cyrus Sutton | 
US |
 2016 | 
61 minutes

Like the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago where the film is set, Cyrus Sutton’s Island Earth is a complex mix; at once hopeful and celebratory, but interwoven with notes of hardship and despair. The film examines how former plantation fields are now used for open air field- testing of restricted-use pesticides.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:00pm
Claire Simon  | 
France |
 2016 | 
119 minutes

The title, translated as “the entrance exam,” is an in-depth and intimate look at the students looking to gain a place in La Fémis, one of the most famous and prestigious film schools in the world (Simon herself was the Head of Directing Studies).  As the budding cinéastes struggle to find a place, the narrative spends a good deal of time with their interlocutors, pulling back the curtain to reveal the depth of seriousness and care that is extended to the students.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 5:00pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1977 | 
180 minutes

Here is Chris Marker’s magnum opus in all its ferocious intelligence and scale Originally released in 1977, and reedited in 1996, the rise and fall of the Left is ostensibly Marker’s subject, the great political revolutions of the 60s and 70s, totemic figures like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, composed like a heaving orchestra of archival material, demonstrations, occupations, and blood in the streets.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Jennifer M. Kroot | 
US |
 2017 | 
92 minutes

In Jennifer M. Kroot’s warm and deeply affectionate film, Armistead Maupin tells his story in his own words. Friends and colleagues including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan weigh in, but Armistead needs little help. A natural born raconteur, he talks about his first sexual experience, and then bursts into the torchy standard, “Is That All There Is?”

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Jennifer Brea | 
US |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

Long misunderstood by the medical system, and often perceived to be a psychological issue, the commonality of symptoms shared by people who have been diagnosed with M.E. indicates that there is something else at work. Made with unflinching honesty, Unrest is as much a memoir of Jennifer and Omar’s life together, as it is a medical mystery.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:30pm
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 12:30pm
Jacob Smith, Jon D. Erickson and Kathryn Goldman | 
US |
 2017 | 
93 minutes

Five people — including a school bus driver from LA, an anti-poverty activist from West Virginia, the organizers of Democracy Spring, and Senator Bernie Sanders — all come together in an intersectional coalition that offers a glimmer of hope in these dark days.

Saturday, May 13th

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
Mohamed Jabaly | 
Norway |
 2016 | 
78 minutes

Without preamble, Ambulance opens on a community in panic. A bomb has just fallen, turning the home of filmmaker Mohamed Jabaly’s neighbour into a pile of rubble. So begins a close-up view of war that barely gives us time to catch our breath, let alone consider the broader context.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Santiago Bertolino | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
96 minutes

From Egypt’s post-Arab Spring elections to Israel’s “Apartheid Road” to Turkey’s sprawling Syrian refugee camps, journalist Jesse Rosen- feld moves swiftly between countries and areas of conflict as stories surface. Freelancer on the Front Lines reveals how the news is made and disseminated. More than just informing his readers of disturbing events, Rosenfeld hopes to evoke real change through his writing.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:15pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:45pm
Koldo Almandoz | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
67 minutes

Moving between past and present, Ghost Ship takes the viewer on a circuitous voyage from Oscar Wilde and Florence Balcombe to F.W. Murnau and a Portuguese party boat — discovering the history of blood science, film tinting, and the cruise ship industry along the way.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 4:30pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1989 | 
80 minutes

The legendary 13-part series, commissioned by Arte and the Onassis Foundation (that kept Marker’s work unavailable for twenty years), alights at DOXA in its first three episodes Interviews were filmed in Tbilisi, Athens, Paris, Berkeley, and Tokyo. The cast of character is equally expansive with composers, filmmakers, philosophers, and friends including Iannis Xenakis, Michel Serres, Cornelius Castoriadis, George Steiner, Oswyn Murray, Michel Jobert, and Elia Kazan. But what is most startling are the ideas examined.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 3:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 6:30pm
Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

Let There Be Light explains the complex science needed to make this theoretical process become a reality. Science, history, politics, and visionary personalities combine with panache to achieve just the right ‘planetarium’ feel without getting cheesy. Archival footage and animation are also employed to great visual (and often hilarious) effect. Buckle up for a journey beyond the frontiers of science and technology with some sexy sub-particles. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:30pm
Julian Rosefeldt | 
Germany |
 2017 | 
94 minutes

Manifesto is the flagship in our Spotlight on Troublemakers. It is the good ship trouble that carries a pirate crew of muckrakers, disturbers of the peace, radicals, revolutionaries, and, of course, cinéastes, embodied in the words of this century’s great cultural and political manifestos. Rabid dissent and gonzo defiance are given voice by actress Cate Blanchett in the guise of a baker’s dozen of characters.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:15pm
Ali Weinstein | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
76 minutes

The myth of the mermaid spans the globe from the Amazon to the fjords of Scandinavia. Throughout history, the figure of the half-fish, half-human has surfaced with regularity, from the three-thousand- year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa. Modern mermaids are just as diverse, as Ali Weinstein’s charming new film illustrates.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Salome Jashi | 
Germany, Georgia |
 2016 | 
73 minutes

Director Salome Jashi plays with the idea of perception in this enlightening film about contemporary Georgian life. The town folk in the interviews, as well as the journalists themselves, are acutely aware of how they are perceived. This often results in delicately painful conversations about just what aspects of the community, and its inhabitants, should be displayed, and what content is best left out.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Jennifer Brea | 
US |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

Long misunderstood by the medical system, and often perceived to be a psychological issue, the commonality of symptoms shared by people who have been diagnosed with M.E. indicates that there is something else at work. Made with unflinching honesty, Unrest is as much a memoir of Jennifer and Omar’s life together, as it is a medical mystery.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell | 
Canada |
 1969 | 
36 minutes

On December 18, 1968, members of the Akwesasne Mohawk community blockaded the international bridge near Cornwall, Ontario. The intent was to bring public attention to treaty violations by the Canadian government. A young Mohawk chief named Mike Mitchell narrates throughout, explaining that things got off to a rocky start when no one remembered to bring scotch tape to post notices of the blockade.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Conor McNally | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
40 minutes

Drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling, ôtênaw is a philosophical and creative treatment of land rights, territory, history and culture. As Dr. Dwayne Donald leads a walking tour of amiskwaciwâskahikan (now the city of Edmonton), talking about the history of the land and the people who lived there, the layers of human habitation slowly reveal themselves.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:30pm
Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
61 minutes

Whether it’s celebrating people who have fish-related surnames, decorating dioramas for land snails, gluing broken turtle shells back together, or forging deep connections with chimpanzees, these short films demonstrate that humans are at their finest when inspired by other living creatures.

Sunday, May 14th

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 4:45pm
Bart Simpson | 
Canada/UK |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

Part ode, part critique, Bart Simpson’s film Brasilia: Life After Design takes the viewer on a sweetly surreal and slightly melancholic tour of a strange and monumental cityscape. The camera pans across sweeping urban vistas, peers through archways and down the long central axis, capturing images of random city dwellers spaced like birds on a wire around the perimeter of the enormous spaces between buildings.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
Heather White and Lynn Zhang | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
88 minutes

While people in the West use smartphones to live healthier, happier lives, the construction of such devices has horrific health effects on the people who actually make them. Complicit shines a light on the dark irony of the global electronic manufacturing industry in China, where 90% of the world’s consumer electronics are produced, including 70% of its cell phones.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:45pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 8:00pm
Carmen Pollard | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
74 minutes

When James Pollard is given a terminal cancer diagnosis, he sets about orchestrating his own death. Like any good theatre producer, he researches options into different modes of burial, and the best means and methodologies of preserving his body after death. This may sound slightly morbid, but the practicality, and often surprising amounts of humour, with which James contends with his situation allows for an openness and freedom in dealing with death.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 8:30pm
Julia Ivanova | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
107 minutes

For many young Canadians in the 2000s, Fort McMurray was El Dorado. Dubbed “Fort McMoney” by detractors and admirers alike, the city and its vast oil sands projects offered lucrative employment to thousands of fortune seekers who came from across Canada and around the world. Julia Ivanova’s documentary follows seven such dreamers, arriving from places as far flung as Sudan and Lebanon, as they pursue their dreams amidst a time of great uncertainty in the oil market.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:30pm
Julian Rosefeldt | 
Germany |
 2017 | 
94 minutes

Manifesto is the flagship in our Spotlight on Troublemakers. It is the good ship trouble that carries a pirate crew of muckrakers, disturbers of the peace, radicals, revolutionaries, and, of course, cinéastes, embodied in the words of this century’s great cultural and political manifestos. Rabid dissent and gonzo defiance are given voice by actress Cate Blanchett in the guise of a baker’s dozen of characters.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Yuri Ancarani | 
France, Italy |
 2016 | 
70 minutes

Yuri Ancarani’s beautiful and bizarre film takes us inside the rarefied world of Middle Eastern falconry. Here the sport attracts passionate devotees from the Qatari hyper-rich who compete at auction for the best birds, drive deep into the desert to train their charges, and then assemble in Mad Max-style stadiums for spectacular tournaments.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 2:15pm
Maite Alberdi  | 
Chile/The Netherlands/France |
 2016 | 
80 minutes

The only thing sweeter than the cream puffs in Maite Alberdi’s charming film are the warm and funny interactions between middle-aged students, all of whom have Down syndrome. Many of the residents have worked in the school bakery for forty years, but the pull of adulthood, and all it represents — sex, marriage, and family — has taken hold.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 4:15pm
Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
77 minutes

Dance, that most protean form of human communication, is given three wildly innovative outlets in this trio of short films. Dancers commune with their animal spirits, opera gets spooky, and dance meets finance in the streets of London town.