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Special Programs

DOXA highlights the following Special Programs in the 2016 DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

Justice Forum

DOXA is very proud to offer the seventh annual Justice Forum. Since its introduction, the Justice Forum has grown and developed into one of the Festival’s cornerstone programs. The intent of the Justice Forum is to facilitate active and critical engagement, create space for dialogue, and sow the seeds for social change. The 2016 Justice Forum films encompass a broad range of social justice issues, from reproductive rights to food security.

Rated Y for Youth

DOXA’s ability to engage young audiences in a conversation about social justice and change is critical to our organization, and we are committed to ensuring that the festival remains open to the principles of accessibility, open dialogue, and media literacy. DOXA uses documentary films to incite discussion, and affect social change.

DOXA is pleased to present the eighth annual Rated Y for Youth (RYY), our school outreach program. DOXA selects programming specifically for high school students, giving youth an opportunity to attend the festival, view thought-provoking documentaries and participate in lively post-film discussions with filmmakers and community members. This year’s selection includes films about First Nations Treaty rights, youth activism from around the globe, and a little bit of pinball wizardry!

Borders and Boundaries

For our 2016 Spotlight, there was no issue more pressing or topical this year than that of borders. But as the refugee crisis continues to expand, these barriers are failing. We are witnessing the largest human migration in history. And this is only the beginning.  

Coupled with the ideas of physical borders, is more the more difficult to establish notion of boundaries. The places we draw off in our mind. What is right or appropriate? Is it a good idea to jump off of a cliff, build a time machine, or consign our fellow humans to epic suffering? Whether we choose to transgree established concepts (time and space), or trespass on forbidden territory (the Chernobyl exclusion zone), it is an ongoing process of negotiation. 

French French

DOXA is very proud to offer a second edition of French French, which includes a retrospective of the work of Claire Simon. Ms. Simon was part of DOXA last year with our first selection of French films, curated by Thierry Garrel. In addition to presenting Géographie humaine (Human Geography), Claire also gave a masterclass and presented a selection of clips from some of her earlier films. This brief glimpse of her extraordinary body of work was enough to launch the idea of a retrospective. We are extremely happy to welcome Claire Simon back to Vancouver with seven of her most celebrated films.

In addition to the retrospective, we have a selection of three new and exciting films. The Final Passage is a 3-D animated portrait of the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Caves. The screening will be accompanied by a talk from Dr. Jean-Michel Geneste and Patricia Marquet Geneste. Antoine Boutet’s South to North, a look at the largest water transfer project in China, is documentary on an epic scale. Nathalie Loubeyre’s film Flow Mechanics examines the refugee crisis through grainy surveillance footage and infrared cameras.

Arab Spring / Arab Fall

A burgeoning new Arab cinema — bold, inventive, political and unafraid — is emerging out of Syria, Palestine, and Egypt. This group of films is from a new generation of artists and filmmakers who are making work in the midst of profound cultural and social change.

Black Life Is, Ain't and Still Rises

This selection of films examines ideas, perceptions, and construction of race. From Marlon Riggs’s seminal, and final film (Black Is…Black Ain’t), to a new film biography of Maya Angelou, these films are fearless, angry, proud, and powerful.