On behalf of the BC Arts Council, I am pleased to welcome you to the 20th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival. Congratulations to DOXA on this important anniversary edition! We are proud to be a long-time supporter.
To comply with public health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's festival will have a different look. I applaud DOXA on their responsiveness and commitment to bringing us the best in documentary cinema from around the world. Through documentary cinema, DOXA provides audiences with the opportunity for critical engagement. Documentaries like the ones you're about to experience help us to better understand our world, so critical at a time when the need for social justice and for connecting with each other is stronger than ever.
Dr. Sae-Hoon Stan Chung
The arts further our understanding of one another, and they bring us together to imagine a better world. In these unprecedented times, artists and arts organizations are embracing innovative approaches so that they can continue to create their work and share it with audiences. As we grapple with enormous global challenges, the arts offer an endless supply of renewal, inclusion and resilience.
The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to support DOXA Documentary Film Festival, which centres on the unifying power of the work it presents.
Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q.
Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Welcome to the 2021 DOXA Documentary Film Festival.
Celebrating its 20th year showcasing though-provoking films from Vancouver and beyond, DOXA will look different this year to ensure the health and safety of all documentary film buffs. DOXA has always promoted understanding in a complex world, which is now more important than ever! Given the rich diversity of voices and perspectives that are always in the spotlight at DOXA, our government is proud to support this compelling gathering. As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I thank the organizers and volunteers for persevering to stage this gathering during the pandemic.
Enjoy the films!
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
On behalf of the citizens of Vancouver and my colleagues on Vancouver City Council, I want to extend my warmest greetings to all those attending the 20th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival.
The Documentary Media Society presents independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences. Films play an indispensable role in bringing new issues, concerns and human experiences to the public's attention. This year’s festival, like those that have gone before, brings a remarkable new series of films before viewers. The DOXA Documentary Film Festival creates opportunities for dialogue and education and it is a tribute to the organizers and volunteers that this festival has become so popular.
Best wishes for the best festival!
Mayor Kennedy Stewart
On behalf of Premier John Horgan and the Government of British Columbia, I welcome you to the 20th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival. For 20 years this festival has provided people in Vancouver with the opportunity for critical engagement through documentary cinema. This year's online format allows people across BC to enjoy the festival's selection. Given the challenges of the last year, it's so important we continue finding ways to connect and learn. This year, Rated Y for Youth and Justice Forum both return. Young people push the envelope and lead us forward. It's great to see DOXA making space for these conversations.
Our government is proud to support DOXA through both the BC Arts Council and Creative BC. And we continue to support documentary and factual content creation through Creative BC. Thank you to all the organizers and for their dedication. I hope you enjoy this year's festival.
Parliamentary Secretary for Arts and Film
Festivals play a vital role in ensuring that Canadian films from all corners of our country are discovered and enjoyed.
As a partner of choice, Telefilm Canada is committed to seeing even bigger.
Our focus remains on diversity and inclusion, so that our screens reflect who we are as a nation. We encourage the next generation to dare to make their first feature films. Indigenous filmmakers now enjoy more support, and our industry has come together to support the shared goal of gender parity. These voices are revitalizing Canada’s rich cultural heritage.
Thank you and congratulations to the DOXA DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL and all those who work to bring the diversity / richness of our cinema to the screen. And to audiences everywhere, continue to watch Canadian films wherever they are available and tell others to do the same!