Justice Forum

 

For nine years, the Justice Forum has been one of DOXA’s cornerstone programs; showcasing films that facilitate active and critical engagement, create space for dialogue, and sow the seeds for social change. Each Justice Forum screening is paired with a panel of speakers including filmmakers, experts in the field, academics, and community activists. The 2018 Justice Forum films foster crucial conversations around a broad range of social issues, offering necessary perspectives for change and progress.

Please check the individual film page to see which screening is part of the Justice Forum

Louise BigEagle | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
6 minutes

A tender portrait of Armand McArthur, the last fluent speaker of the Nakota language in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory in southern Saskatchewan. “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” explains Armand. -SC

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Andres Ibañez and Alejandro Diaz | 
Mexico |
 2017 | 
70 minutes

What would you think is more shocking: a one-dollar cup of coffee or a six-dollar cup of coffee? All operators of the coffee industry agree on the answer: a one-dollar cup of coffee shouldn’t even be a reality. Unfortunately, as the film demonstrates, this is the only thing they can agree on.

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:00pm
Simon Plouffe | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
77 minutes

Simon Plouffe’s atmospheric and immersive film offers an opportunity to explore the musicality and cultural significance of many Indigenous languages, all of which are at risk of disappearing.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck | 
Germany/Brazil |
 2018 | 
88 minutes

When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his dormitory at Harvard in 2004, he meant the platform to be used as a tool to “share anything with anyone.” Little did he know just how far and fast the concept would spread. Social media has become an integral part of how we live our daily lives. From hot takes on the latest news item to images of what we ate for breakfast—we share, and we do it often.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:15pm
Thomas Fürhapter | 
Austria |
 2017 | 
75 minutes

The Third Option takes an encompassing look at the ethics and implications of prenatal screenings, as well as the decisions that follow should the results be considered ‘abnormal’. The weight of these philosophical questions is given plenty of room to breathe in Thomas Fürhapter’s visually striking film essay.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:45pm
Matthieu Rytz | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
77 minutes

Kiribati is quickly disappearing as a consequence of global warming. The rise of the sea, along with increasingly violent storms and typhoons are leading this beautiful land and its culture towards an inexorable fate.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
David Byars | 
US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

In early 2016, President Donald Trump still seemed like a bad punchline, yet the angry roots of the movement that lifted him to power had already been formed. An early, unheeded sign of Middle America’s frustration came in January, when armed militants led by activist Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The loosely organized right-wing militia was united by a shared hatred of what they perceived as tyranny and overreach by the federal government.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 4:15pm
Leon Lee | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
77 minutes

Filmed largely in secret, and incorporating striking animated sequences, Letter from Masanjia uncovers the reality of China’s police state and the true meaning behind the ominous phrase “re-education through labour". Following his Peabody Award-winning exposé Human Harvest, director Leon Lee continues to expose human rights abuses in China with this message in a bottle thriller.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 2:00pm
Teresa Alfeld | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
90 minutes

In Vancouver, politics are anything but boring. The year is 1986. Expo 86 has just ended and affordability is at the top of everyone’s mind. Harry Rankin, World War II veteran, criminal lawyer, city councillor, and outspoken socialist decides to run for mayor against a young upstart named Gordon Campbell.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 3:00pm