About DOXA

Our Mission:

To support a better understanding of the complexity of our times through engaging the public in documentary media as an art form.

We’re Committed To:

  • Cultivating curiosity and critical thought
  • Promoting the intersection of actuality and artistic expression
  • Fostering a local and international community interested in non-fiction media

Our Mandate:

DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. The 23rd annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival is happening May 2–12, 2024.

The Documentary Media Society is a founding member tenant of the 110 Arts Co-op which manages The Post at 750 office and studio facilities.

The Documentary Media Society is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We are immensely thankful for the opportunity to present challenging and affirming non-fiction media on these lands, which have been cared for by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ peoples in perpetuity. To work and live on stolen land requires consistent interrogation of given histories, systems and identities. We believe that documentaries can be an important tool in this process.

DOXA (pronounced dox'-ah) is a greek word meaning common belief or popular opinion. 

Team Members

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Sarah Bakke

Sarah Bakke

Director of Development and Special Programs

Sarah B. manages all development, donor, communications and marketing opportunities. She also oversees ancillary and filmmaker development programs, such as DOXA Industry and Connexions. One of their favourite docs is Mariner of the Mountains directed by Karim Aïnouz.

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Gina Garenkooper

Gina Garenkooper

Volunteer Services and Operations Director

Gina oversees general festival operations including venue management, box office and volunteers. Her favourite documentary is Virunga directed by Orlando von Eiensiedel.

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Atenas Contreras

Atenas Contreras

Director of Business and Finance

In her role as Business and Finance Director, Atenas oversees DOXA’s budget and makes sure all the pieces fit in the right place. Her favourite documentary is Fix and Release by Scott Dobson.

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Sarah Ouazzani

Sarah Ouazzani

Director of Programming

Sarah O. oversees all programming and engagement initiatives, all while watching too many films to count. Her favourite documentary is Sans Soleil by Chris Marker.

Seasonal Staff

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Programming and Audience Development Coordinator

anata laylay keeps track of DOXA's submissions, supports audience engagement, coordinates Rated Y for Youth and Justice Forum, and assists with all things programming. A favourite doc of theirs is Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters by Tom Hurwitz and Rosalynde LeBlanc.

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Jasmine Monton

Communications and Marketing Manager

Jasmine keeps all of DOXA's communications ducks in a row, including newsletter, social media and website content. They also manage DOXA's advertising initiatives. One of her favourite docs is Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. by Steve Loveridge.

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Özgün Gündüz

Programming and Industry Manager

Özgün supports in the management of all things programming, and coordinates DOXA's Industry program. Her favourite documentary is Deep Inside Clint Star directed by Clint Alberta.

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Anthony Kit Chun Lee

Development Officer

Anthony makes sure we apply for grants on time, supports our individual giving program, and keeps track of DOXA's funding opportunities. One of his favourite docs is All Light, Everywhere by Theo Anthony.

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Rea Chatterjee

Program Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator

Rea helps to oversee distribution, community engagement and volunteering opportunities at the festival. One of her favourite documentaries is Gulabi Gang, directed by Nishtha Jain.

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Jelena Simović

Operations and Audience Services Assistant

Jelena makes sure that the logistics of box office and audience engagement run smoothly. A recent favourite documentary of hers is Three Promises directed by Yousef Srouji.

Board Members

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Debra Pentecost

Debra Pentecost

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Jamala MacRae

Jamala MacRae

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Martin Gerson

Martin Gerson

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Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason

Board and Committees

Board of Directors
Rudy Bootsma, Martin Gerson (treasurer), Jamala MacRae (secretary), Michelle Mason, Debra Pentecost (chair)

Programming Committee
Dharra Budicha, anata laylay, Joseph Clark, Selina Crammond, Bailey Nicholson, Ogheneofegor Obuwoma, Sarah Ouazzani, Carson Pfahl, Anant Prabhakar, Kris Rothstein, Milena Salazar

Screening Committee
Darren Alexander, Laura Arboleda, Farid Azar, Brit Bachmann, Sarah Bakke, Jurgen Beerwald, Josie Boyce, Dharra Budicha, anata laylay, Atenas Contreras, Selina Crammond, Jessica Dymond, Gina Garenkooper, liisa hannus, Kimberly Ho, David House, Erica Hui, Melissa James, Jessica Johnson, Viktor Koren, Kat Krampol, Christina Larabie, Samantha Marier, Abigail Markowitz, Maleki Maziar, Bailey Nicholson, Ogheneofegor Obuwoma, Sarah Ouazzani, Kris Rothstein, Milena Salazar, Barney Sprague, Sara Wylie, Jeff Yu

Programming Consultants
Selina Crammond, Milena Salazar, Dharra Budicha

Fundraising Committee                                                          
Sarah Bakke, Joseph Bardsley, Jamala MacRae

Advisory Committee
Nova Ami, Kris Anderson, Colin Browne, Szu Burgess, Peg Campbell, Mel D’Souza, Cari Green, Duncan Low, Alex Mackenzie, Wendy Oberlander, Carmen Rodriguez, Aerlyn Weissman

Vancouver Podcast Festival Organizing Committee
Jill Anholt, Lisa Chen-Wing (Creative Director), Andrea Gin, Carlos Hernandez Fisher (Web Editor), Lizzy Karp, Hannah McGregor, Roshini Nair, Andrea Warner, and Joseph Clark

Program Book and Website Copy Editor
Patrick Geraghty

Media Relations
Marnie Wilson /  Artsbiz Public Relations

Graphic Design
Steve Chow / chowdesign.ca

Web Development 
Left Right Minds / leftrightminds.com