Another DOXA gone by, and in exceptional form—the first of its kind to take place entirely online! As we take time to reflect on the festival passed, plan for the future, and make time for much needed rest, we want to express our deep gratitude to you for your support, and we hope you enjoyed many, many documentaries.
The challenge of this year can not be understated; being unable to connect in person with filmmakers, guest curators, and audiences was felt as a great loss (we miss you all!). However, in tried and true fashion, documentaries from all over the world (67 in total) brought comfort, told thrilling stories, and taught us anew. We thought deeply about documentary as a mechanism for social change and for relationships, through a daughter’s quest to complete her father’s film (Wintopia, Mira Burt-Wintonick). We caught glimpses of life in strange and surprising places, like a Parisian public shower (Public showers, Oberkampf street, Paris, Julie Conte), between the aisles of the grocery store (My Darling Supermarket, Tali Yankelevich), and in the virtual world of a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (s01e03, Kurt Walker). We also learned what it takes to strive for justice amidst government corruption (Stateless, Michèle Stephenson), and saw the immense strength of communities in protest (Landfall, Cecilia Aldarondo).
In addition to the films themselves, we were proud to host several live events, including the insightful Q&A with director Mira Burt-Wintonick alongside special guest Nettie Wild, a masterclass with the inimitable cinematographer Iris Ng (co-presented with DOC BC), and a lively roundtable conversation with shorts filmmakers. In case you missed it, we were pleased to award three prizes (see the DOXA 2020 award winners here). A reminder that if you saw a film that left a lasting impression, please send the filmmaker a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. They would love to hear from you!
Thank you to the staff, committee members, jurors and volunteers who made this year’s online iteration possible. All good things come with teamwork! We’re also grateful to all participating filmmakers for taking a chance on our online presentation—we know it’s been a lot to navigate! And finally a huge heartfelt thank you to our audience for continuing to support independent documentary cinema during this time of uncertainty and upheaval. We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this growing community of documentary nerds!
The DOXA Team