2018 Programmers' Picks Vol. 2

2018 Programmers' Picks Vol. 2

Joseph Clark

Joseph is a film historian and lecturer at Simon Fraser University. He has worked with DOXA since 2010 and this is his second year on the Programming Committee. His book, News Parade: The American Newsreel and the Mediation of the Public Sphere, 1927-1946 will be published by the University of Minnesota Press later this year.


Our New President

Are you worried about the demise of fact-based journalism and its effect on our democracy? Our New President is a window into just how bad it can get. And if that sounds terribly depressing, fear not! Filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin manages to tell the deeply disturbing story of Vladimir Putin's media machine with clarity, insight and a healthy dose of gallows humour. 

Maxim Pozdorovkin | US/Russia | 2018 | 78 minutes

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:45pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30pm
SFU-GCA (149 W Hastings St)


Distant Constellation

As construction cranes loom over a Turkish senior's home, this beautifully layered observational documentary resonates with the memories and testimonies of the various residents. Some tell of tragic histories of war and genocide, others recount racy stories of their youthful exploits, and a lovable Waldorf and Statler ride the elevator simply to pass the time. A moving rumination on age, memory, and the ravages of "progress".

Shevaun Mizrahi | US/Turkey/Netherlands | 2017 | 82 minutes

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:15pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Carson Pfahl

Carson is a local film editor and curator who has been a part of DOXA’s programming committee for four years.


Dreaming Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer beloved for his magical realism prose and Mette Holm is the translator who captures his delicate words for her fellow Danes. Dreaming Murakami is a hypnotic journey through what happens when the borders between their real and imagined universes start collapsing into one another. A cerebral meditation on the power of language and how it shapes our views of the world, this film will stick with audiences like a great novel.

Nitesh Anjaan | Denmark | 2017 | 58 minutes

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:45pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 6:15pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)


Desolation Center

As music festival season begins on the west coast, take a trip back to the one that started it all. Far from the corporate-sponsored tidings of its descendants, the original ‘Desert Exodus’ festival put on by LA’s ‘Desolation Center’ was a strictly guerrilla affair. A must see for fans of the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, and Sonic Youth along with anyone with a bit of a rebellious streak.

Stuart Swezey | US | 2017 | 92 minutes

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:45pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:15pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)