DOXA Documentary Film Festival

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Vancouver is home to the largest documentary film festival in Western Canada as DOXA presents 85 films on local screens from May 5 –15, 2016.


DOXA Documentary Film Festival

  • When: May 5-15, 2016
  • Venues: Vancouver Playhouse, VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, The Cinematheque, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, and Museum of Vancouver
  • Admission: Evenings and Weekends: $13 (except screenings at Vancouver Playhouse); Weekday Matinee (weekday films starting at 5:30pm or earlier): $11; All screenings at the Vancouver Playhouse and Museum of Vancouver: $15; Student/Senior Tickets: $2 discount (except Opening and Closing Night Films and Museum of Vancouver); Membership: $2; Festival Pass: $175 (excludes Opening/Closing films. Includes membership)

DOXA dives headlong into the nonfiction universe. Whether it is one of the best BASE jumpers in the world or great Maya Angelou soaring the heights of literary fame, this year’s selection of films take a leap of faith in the quest for justice, peace, freedom and naked glory. This year’s festival covers films with topics including activism, economics, children’s life, sports, health care, art and performance, love and relationships, sexuality, spirituality, women’s rights and so much more!

Film Previews and Highlights

Every artist has their great white whale. For Canadian daredevil Ken Carter, it was jumping the St. Lawrence River in a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental. For filmmaker John Bolton, it was a musical docudrama called Aim For The Roses. DOXA is exceptionally proud to open the festival with this extraordinary film.

We are witnessing the largest human migration in history. DOXA’s spotlight program Borders and Boundaries looks at the refugee crisis, as well as the more difficult to establish notion of boundaries with a selection of films that breakdown the national barriers, and even tackle time and space.

Midweek special presentations Brent Hodge’s Pistol Shrimps and Rama Rau’s The League of Exotique Dancers look at the way women are fighting for strength and identity, whether that is on the basketball court or the burlesque stage.

Whether it is growing up black in America (Black Life Is, Ain’t and Still Rises) or living through a revolution (Arab Spring / Arab Fall) DOXA’s curated programs are fueled by a desire for change. The second edition of French French includes a retrospective of the work of acclaimed filmmaker Claire Simon.

Kirsten Johnson’s work with Laura Poitras (Citizenfour) and Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) has arguably moved documentary cinema into the public eye in an entirely new way. In Cameraperson, she turns her lens on herself and her body of work in DOXA’s closing night film.

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