In this collection of character studies, we witness the raw and sometimes intense relationship between subject and director. Expressed through intimate portraiture, this series of films demonstrates how the longing for collective change is brought to life through the individual stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances.
For 11 years, the Justice Forum has been one of DOXA’s cornerstone programs, showcasing films that facilitate active and critical engagement, create space for dialogue and sow the seeds for social change. Each Justice Forum film is paired with a live or pre-recorded conversation between speakers relevant to its issue, including filmmakers, experts in the field, academics and/or community activists. In celebration of DOXA’s 20th anniversary, we’re excited to offer a selection of films that foster crucial conversations around a broad range of social issues, offering necessary perspectives for change and progress.
Rated Y For Youth
After a brief hiatus in 2020, Rated Y for Youth is back for its 12th edition! Rated Y for Youth was founded with the intention of facilitating media literacy through thought-provoking documentaries.
Between May 13-15, we’ll be hosting seven separate drive-in film screenings at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) Amphitheatre, to showcase the best of the festival and celebrate our 20th anniversary. This event will go ahead rain or shine, and is accessible by an enclosed motor vehicle only. COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of all attendees and staff.
Deprived of the physical presence of filmmakers once again due to the ongoing pandemic, FRENCH FRENCH returns online once again following a previous web-based edition in 2020 that introduced three promising first-time female directors. This year, FRENCH FRENCH presents fresh new films from three distinguished cineastes who will be familiar to Vancouver’s devoted filmgoers for their acclaimed films in past editions.
War On Drugs
In selecting the films for this program, VANDU wanted to show films that represent us as we are: not as poor, downtrodden victims of drugs and addiction, but as a community --sometimes a community of survival, but also sometimes as a chosen family and a community of interest.
Cousins and Kin
This series of programs represents a mission of the Cousin Collective to share and support Indigenous experimental cinemaa phrase that is loaded in so many ways. What constitutes Indigeneity? How experimental can cinema be given its complicated past in relation to power and class and oppression? And what even is “cinema” anymore as it exists in a theatre or a gallery or a black box or a laptop screen? I have answers to none of those questions, but I do enjoy the process of seeking to understand these words and phrases, and I enjoy the conversations occurring between films and filmmakers as they try to suss out meanings and ask questions.
Originally founded in 1998 by Kris Anderson, alongside Sook C. Kong, Rachel Rocco and Elleni Centime Zeleke, The Documentary Media Society hosted its first-ever festival—DOXA Documentary Film Festival—in 2000, and it would continue every other year until 2004. DOXA then became an annual event, making 2021 our 20th anniversary festival. To mark the occasion, we’ve enlisted the curatorial support of founder Kris Anderson, our former Director of Programming Dorothy Woodend, and our current Director of Programming Selina Crammond. Platinum is the material of choice for celebrating this milestone occasion. We’re going platinum in our own way by offering a selection of DOXA’s greatest hits!