2019 Program Announced

2019 Program Announced

Media Release

Event: 2019 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Dates: May 2-12, 2019
Venues: The Vancouver Playhouse, VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, The Cinematheque, The Post at 750, Museum of Vancouver, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts


Evenings and Weekends: $15;
Weekday Matinee (weekday films starting at 5:00 pm or earlier): $13;
Opening gala, closing gala and live presentation: $18;
Student/Senior/Low Income tickets for all regular screenings: $2 discount;
Membership: $2;
Festival Pass: $195 (Includes membership; valid for all film screenings including opening and closing night film and party).
Ticket packs: Early Bird Price from April 9-16: $45 (5 tickets); $85 (10 tickets)
Regular Price in effect April 17: $65 (5 tickets); $115 (10 tickets).
Tickets: www.doxafestival.ca

Box Office

Community Box Office: April 23-30, from 12pm to 5 pm at DOXA office (#110–750 Hamilton Street).
Festival Box Office: VIFF’s Vancity (May 4-12)  and The Cinematheque (May 2-13), tickets available for all festival screenings. SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (May 4-5, 8-12), tickets are available for all festival screenings and events at this venue. For information: 604.646.3200

Media contact: Marnie Wilson 604.836.2409 or [email protected]


DOXA Documentary Film Festival Announces 2019 Line-Up including Galas & Special Presentations

Vancouver, BC / Tuesday, April 9, 2019 –  DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Western Canada’s largest documentary Film Festival, returns to Vancouver to present the 18th annual festival May 2 through May 12, 2019.  Committed to cultivating curiosity and critical thought, DOXA will present 82 films (shorts and features) from across Canada and around the world, representing some of the very best in contemporary documentary cinema.

On May 3, DOXA kicks off with Baljit Sangra’s courageous new film Because We Are Girls, which celebrates the strength of sisterhood in the face of profound pain and trauma. Because We Are Girls tells the story of three sisters from a conservative Indo-Canadian family coming to terms with the sexual abuse they faced by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. Vancouver-based Sangra explores the impact of sexual abuse on a family, turning her empathetic lens on intimate moments as they process and heal.

On May 4, DOXA hosts a special live documentary presentation Postings From Home by Toronto-based filmmaker Kelly O’Brien. O’Brien has taken the collective sharing of one’s personal life — now habitual on social media — and combined it with the 20th-century tradition of a family slideshow to create an emotionally affecting live performance.

The gala screening of nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up on May 8 marks the 10-year anniversary of DOXA’s Justice Forum, a series aimed at creating space for open dialogue. Few events in recent Canadian history have sparked as much media attention, outrage, and horror as the death of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation who died after being shot in the head on Gerald Stanley’s farm. Indigenous filmmaker and scholar Tasha Hubbard goes beyond the headlines to present a detailed examination of race relations on the prairies.

Closing the festival on May 11, Hepi Mita’s Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen is a tender posthumous tribute to his mother Merata Mita, the first Māori woman — and one of the first Indigenous women in the world — to write and direct a narrative feature film. DOXA is exceptionally proud to close the festival with this extraordinary film about a visionary artist, activist and mother.

With an expanded Industry program, curated programs, panels, parties and more, DOXA 2019 delivers a wealth of programming over eleven jam-packed days. DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 2–12, 2019. Tickets are available online at www.doxafestival.ca.

For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.