2019 Programmers' Picks

2019 Programmers' Picks

Selina Crammond 

Selina is the Director of Programming at DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

Midnight Traveler

After receiving threats from the Taliban, filmmaker Hassan Fazili, his wife and their two young daughters are forced to flee their home in Afghanistan and seek refuge in Eastern Europe. Intimate, and often shaky, footage shot by the family on their iPhones captures a wide range of moments, from startling racism in eastern Europe - to meditative reflections on Fazili's love of cinema. The result is portrait of a resilient family that offers a very human face to the ongoing refugee crisis. 

Hassan Fazili and Emelie Mahdavian | US/Qatar/Canada/UK | 2019 | 87 minutes

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6:30pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 6:00pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

Milena Salazar 

Milena Salazar is a documentary filmmaker and DOXA's Industry and Programming Coordinator. She's been involved in DOXA's Screening and Programming Committees since 2016.


Director Nadia Shihab's warm portrait of her mother, an artist and Iraqi expat living in Lubbock, Texas, illuminates through its playful interrogation of 'home', the experience of diaspora, and dislocation. Weaved in through this family's story is a layered, self-reflexive exploration of the creative process.


Nadia Shihab | US/Kuwait | 2018 | 90 minutes

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 4:15pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

Anant Prabhakar 

Anant is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a degree in critical & cultural studies. He can often be prone to making a case for non-fiction mediums being the pinnacle of artistic practices today. This is his fifth year on the programming committee.

Greetings From Free Forests

With an innovative use of forestland as subject matter and a resplendent soundscape, Ian Soroka's documentary is at once an immersive and informative experience. The film is an arresting weave of ethnography and archive, one you won't want to miss out on this year.

Ian Soroka | US/Slovenia/Croatia | 2018 | 99 minutes

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:30pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Joe GinClark 

Joseph Clark is a lecturer in film studies at Simon Fraser University and author of the upcoming book "News Parade: The American Newsreel and the Mediation of the Public Sphere, 1927-1946" (University of Minnesota Press). He has worked with DOXA since 2010 and this is his third year on the Programming Committee.

Instructions on Parting

Prepare to be devastated. Instructions on Parting is an emotionally challenging film, that is at once hand-crafted and cinematically stunning. Rarely has such an intimate film demanded so much to be seen on the big screen. 

Amy Jenkins | US | 2018 | 95 minutes

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:00pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Kris Rothstein

Kris Rothstein is a literary agent and cultural critic in Vancouver. She has written for Geist, Broken Pencil, Bitch, Bookslut, Herizons and Prism International. She blogs at geist.com and publishes limited-edition handmade books. She has worked with DOXA on the screening and programming committees since 2014.


Urban gentrification projects across the world are dismantling historic neighbourhoods, displacing populations and changing the nature of work. In the destruction of the Pomelo neighbourhood of Hanoi, filmmakers Phuong Thao Tran and Swann Dubus find drama and beauty in the daily struggles of demolition crews, female metal scavengers and the hairdressing students who witness the final days. A moving elegy which is able to find moments of humour, tranquility and insight amidst the wreckage. 

Phuong Thao Tran and Swann Dubus | Vietnam | 2018 | 75 minutes

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:15pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:30pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Marco Fratarcangeli

Marco studied Film Studies and Art History at the University of British Columbia. He is the Development and Communications Assistant at DOXA and this is his first year on the programming committee. 

My Home, In Libya

If you need a story that reminds you how the internet can be used for good to bridge borders and make the world a smaller, friendlier place, look no farther than My Home, In Libya. A carefully crafted film following the story of two strangers who initially connect about an art project, but eventually become good friends online. What might be most interesting is how the film is constructed, incorporating cellphone footage and texts sent through Facebook to immerse the viewer in the correspondence between Martina and Mahmoud.

Martina Melilli | Italy | 2018 | 66 minutes

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:30pm
Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 2:30pm
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 five years.

Generation 91

Weaving the stories of twenty-four Ukrainians born in the year 1991, Christina Tynkevych’s fascinating tapestry of a film captures the unique personal and national crossroads facing millennials born in the same year that their country separated from Russia. A world premiere that will have audiences talking for many days after leaving the theatre.

Christina Tynkevych | Ukraine | 2019 | 85 minutes

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm
Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)