DOXA's Outdoor Summer Screenings are returning!
FREE to attend | When: Aug. 12 and 19 @ 9PM | Where: VPL Central Branch, Dilawri Square (corner of Robson and Homer)

Join us in celebrating local and Canadian documentary talent! We're proud to present two outdoor summer screenings for audiences to enjoy en plein air. On Friday, August 12 you'll get to watch a collection of DOXA 2022 shorts by local filmmakers. And on Friday, August 19 we'll be screening Henri Pardo's Dear Jackie, DOXA 2022's Rated Y for Youth Special Presentation.

Both events are FREE to attend! Quite possibly the perfect evening for any doc lover. Screenings will start at 9:00 PM, and seating is limited to the Plaza steps. We recommend bringing a blanket or a cushion to sit on!

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Due Home: Shorts Program | Friday, August 12

In this assemblage of local short films, the pursuits of home, meaning and legacy find roots in art and memory.

Cypher
Mariam Ingrid Barry and Eva Anandi Brownstein, 22 mins
Cypher follows three Black artists creating safe spaces for youth of African descent living in a city that's often viewed as lacking Black history and culture. Organizers and artists come together to "breathe life [into] legacy," and build communities that celebrate the fullness of Black life in Vancouver.

Dear Mr. Dudley
Morgan Rhys Tams, 13 mins
When he was 31, filmmaker Morgan Rhys Tams sent a letter to a complete stranger. "I think you're my father," he wrote. Following a trail of handwritten correspondences between BC and PEI, Dear Mr. Dudley is a soft, scenic tribute to the unfolding relationship between a father and son.

Spirit Emulsion
Siku Allooloo, 8 mins
Taíno culture endures through a woman's bond with her mother's spirit. Using plant medicines to process Super 8 film, Spirit Emulsion offers a language for Taíno filmmaking connected to land, ancestral relations and the cosmos.

Echolocation
Nadia Shihab, 9 mins
Oscillating between recorded voice messages and stacked photographs, Echolocation is a layered experiment in seeking and reconstructing memory. DOXA alum Nadia Shihab's film is a poignant exploration of nostalgia in the wake of sadness, and existence in the aftermath of change.

And Ingrid
Hannah Dubois, 10 mins
As one of the founders of the art project NETCO, Ingrid Baxter was an early contributor to the legacy of Canadian conceptual art. We see Ingrid hang laundry and trim flowers while telling stories of past artistic projects dating back to the 1960s. Her idealism shines on decades later, as she remains committed to non-commercial, ego-free art.

Beckwoman's Hippie Emporium
Alixandra Buck, 6 mins
Legendary Commercial Drive shop owner Bonita Beckman is profiled in Beckwoman's Hippie Emporium. Now relocated to Hastings Street, Beckwoman's was the place for Guatemalan sweaters and handcrafted ephemera for decades. A delightful vignette of Bonnie, who endears herself with homespun charm.

 

Dear Jackie | Friday, August 19

Summer of 1946, Montreal. When Jackie Robinson stepped out onto the field for the Montreal Royals, he became the first Black man to break the colour barrier in professional baseball. For one of the first times, Black Montrealers felt seen and heard in their city. By the next year, however, Jackie had moved on to play for the Major Leagues in the United States, leaving in his wake a white-majority public that had co-opted Jackie’s success into the narrative of a post-racial city. By way of a letter to the titular figure, Henri Pardo’s Dear Jackie is an endearing portrait of Black life in Montreal. Spacious, poetic, and shot in black and white, the film is an ode to the people of Little Burgundy—Montreal’s historically Black neighbourhood—whose history and legacy of community-building in the face of segregation and racist urban renewal policies mirrors those of many Black communities across North America, including Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver.

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We're so excited to once again gather in person with the DOXA community! And of course, COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place (masks are recommended, hand sanitizer and masks will be available as needed, and we ask that folks keep a respectful distance from fellow audience members).

Register for both evenings HERE. Registration is not required to attend, but it helps us anticipate attendance and send a reminder the day before the event, or any updates about this program. See you soon!

 

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library, with support from the DVBIA and McMedia AV. These screenings are hosted on the unceded (stolen) territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Artwork film still from Dear Jackie (dir. Henri Pardo).