Documentary & Journalism

Documentary & Journalism

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 10:00am

Are you a documentary filmmaker, a journalist, or both? How do you balance crafting an emotionally moving story with rigorous investigative work? This session will address the blurred lines between these methodologies, reflecting on the role of documentary journalism in a rapidly transforming media landscape.

DOXA films associated with speakers from this panel: Letter from Masanjia

Interested in other films that blur the boundary between documentary and journalism? We also recommend: Embedded with Extremists, curated by Geoff Dembicki



Leon Lee

Leon Lee brings China’s human rights issues into focus for audiences around the world. His debut documentary Human Harvest (2014) exposed China’s murderous and illegal organ trade, and it has been broadcast in over 25 countries, viewed by millions, and received a Peabody Award for Documentary, and an Association of International Broadcasters Award for Investigative Journalism. Human Harvest has helped affect public policy in countries such as the US, Britain, Canada, and Taiwan, screening in parliaments and governments across the globe. Lee’s recent documentary Avenues of Escape (2016) aired on the CBC Documentary Channel and was the recipient of four Leo Awards including Best Feature Documentary. His goal as a filmmaker is to shine a light on highly-personal true stories that resonate universally across language and culture, giving a voice to the voiceless.

Industry Panelist

Jodie Martinson

Jodie Martinson is a journalist and documentary maker who works at CBC Radio in Vancouver as one of the producers of On The Coast. She is the creator of the new CBC Original Podcast Other People's Problems that takes listeners inside real life therapy sessions. She has made radio, web, and television documentaries for CBC, the National Film Board, and PBS. Titles include Freedom Singer about a musician's journey to resurrect the music that guided his great-great-great grandmother to freedom through the Underground Railroad; Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground, about electronic waste dumping from rich countries to poor; To Have and To Hold, about a woman forced to "marry" rebel warlord Joseph Kony in Uganda; and Cue the Muse about creativity. Her work has been recognized by several journalism and documentary awards including an Emmy. 


Industry Panelist

Peter W. Klein

Peter W. Klein is the founder of the Global Reporting Centre, which produces innovative documentary journalism on under-reported issues around the world. He was a longtime producer at CBS News 60 Minutes, and is a regular opinion contributor to The Globe & Mail. He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including several Emmy, Murrow and Sigma Delta Chi awards. Klein is also the former director of the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he continues to serve as an Associate Professor, teaching documentary and global reporting, and leading research projects on global health and security.


Industry Panelist

Aaron Goodman

Aaron Goodman has nearly 20 years experience as a multimedia journalist and documentary maker. His recent documentary, Duterte's Hell, produced for Field of Vision, won first prize in the 2018 World Press Photo Digital Storytelling - Short form contest. The film highlights the impacts of state-sponsored killings of thousands of alleged drug users and dealers, including dozens of children, in the Philippines. Since 2014, Aaron has been collaborating with long-term and vulnerable heroin users in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and people closely and intimately connected to opioid overdose victims in order to assist them in telling their own stories and disrupt dominant narratives about the opioid crisis. Aaron is a faculty member in Journalism and Communication Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and completing his PhD in Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. 

Industry Panelist

Shannon Walsh - Moderator

Shannon Walsh is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia. She is writer and director of the feature documentaries Jeppe on a Friday (2013), St-Henri, the 26th of August (2011), and H2Oil (2009). Her first short non-fiction 360 VR, Disappearance: Hong Kong Stories, was completed in 2018. Her fourth feature doc, Illusions of Control, is currently in post-production. Walsh’s films have been theatrically released and broadcast in Canada, the UK, and South Africa, and played in over 60 film festivals worldwide, as well as in museum spaces, including the 56th Venice Biennale and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. She has a PhD in Anthropology & Education from McGill University. Walsh is a Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies for 2017-2018, and a Leading Scholar at Green College for 2017-2019.