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 21st annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival is scheduled for May 4–14, 2023; stay tuned for further details.

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 Communications

Sarah B. manages all development (sponsorship, advertising, and donor relations), communications and marketing opportunities. One of her favourite docs is Jane B. par Agnès V. directed by Agnès Varda.

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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

Atenas is the Business and Finance Manager for DOXA. She 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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Dharra Budicha

Dharra Budicha

Programming and Communications Coordinator

Dharra keeps all of DOXA's programming ducks in a row, and assists with all things communications. Her favourite documentary is A Better Man (as well as its companion piece It Was Me) by Atiya Khan.

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Eirinn McHattie

Eirinn McHattie

Technical Director

Eirinn oversees all things tech related, and is DOXA's production expert. One of his favourite docs is The Pain of Others, directed by Penny Lane.

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Milena Salazar

Milena Salazar

Industry Coordinator

Milena sees DOXA's Industry program through from start to finish, and supports with all things Programming. One of her favourite docs is Kirsten Johnson's Cameraperson.

Board Members

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Natasha Tony

Natasha Tony

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Debra Pentecost

Debra Pentecost

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Jamala MacRae

Jamala MacRae

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Ken Tsui

Ken Tsui

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Lizzy Karp

Lizzy Karp

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Martin Gerson

Martin Gerson

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Roger Holdstock

Roger Holdstock

Board and Committees

Board of Directors
Chris Dafoe, Martin Gerson (treasurer), Roger Holdstock, Lizzy Karp, Jamala MacRae, Michelle Mason, Debra Pentecost (secretary), Natasha Tony (vice-chair), Ken Tsui (chair)

Programming Committee
Joseph Clark, Selina Crammond, Sarah Ouazzani, Carson Pfahl, Anant Prabhakar, Kris Rothstein, Milena Salazar

Screening Committee
Darren Alexander, Sarah Bakke, Jurgen Beerwald, Josie Boyce, Dharra Budicha, Patrick Carroll, Atenas Contreras, Kathy Evans, Gina Garenkooper, liisa hannus, David House, Melissa James, Viktor Koren, Christina Larabie, Samantha Marier, Bailey Nicholson, Sarah Ouazzani, Matan Pawer, Jeff Yu

Programming Consultants
Selina Crammond, Dorothy Woodend

Fundraising Committee                                                          
Sarah Bakke, Ken Tsui, Jamala MacRae

Advisory Committee
Nova Ami, Kris Anderson, Colin Browne, Szu Burgess, Peg Campbell, Mel D’Souza, Ann Marie Fleming, Cari Green, Duncan Low, Alex Mackenzie, Wendy Oberlander, Carmen Rodriguez, Lauren Weisler, 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