DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival, is returning screens, very near you, next week June 18 to June 26, 2020.
Originally scheduled to hit theatres May 7-17, DOXA, like many cultural events of the COVID-19 era, the festival has been relaunched as an online edition. The online DOXA festival will feature over 64 films (shorts and features) from across Canada and around the world streaming online, on screens wherever you are, as well as some special live events.
Committed, more than ever, to cultivating curiosity and critical thought, DOXA 2020 delivers some of the very best in contemporary documentary cinema over eight days.
Selections from the line-up include:
DOXA kicks off their online festival edition with Wintopia, directed by Mira Burt-Wintonick.
Saturday June 20th, join alive moderated Q+A with Burt-Wintonick and special guests. Audience members are encouraged to stream Wintopia in advance.
British Columbia spotlight featuring Vancouver-based filmmakers: including:
Greg Crompton’s Eddy’s Kingdom.
Tony Massil’s The End From Here (world premiere)
Josephine Anderson’s On Falling
Sunday June 21st, DOXA, co-presented with DOC BC, hosts a masterclass with renowned cinematographer Iris Ng, one of Canada’s most prolific documentary cinematographers.
DOXA also presents a selection of topical and timely films from the international film festival circuit including:
My Darling Supermarket, from Tali Yankelevich – a musical ode to grocery store clerks in Brazil
Pier Kids, from Elegance Bratton – documenting homeless and queer youth on New York’s Christopher Street Pier
Sankara Isn’t Dead, by Lucie Viver – an exploration into the backgrounds and landscapes of the rarely depicted African country of Burkina Faso, through the perspective of a young poet named Bikontine;
Softie, by Sam Soko – tells of long-time political activist Boniface “Softie” Mwangi, and his decision to run for office in a regional Kenyan election;
ma?ni – towards the ocean, towards the shore, from Sky Hopinka – spoken almost entirely the near-extinct Indigenous language of chinuk wawa and rooted in the origin-of-death myth from the Chinookan people in the Pacific Northwest;
Landfall by Cecilia Aldarondo – a visually striking, kaleidoscopic portrait of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria;
Stateless from Michèle Stepehenson – an unflinching look at the legacy of systemic anti-black racism against Haitians in the Dominican Republic and one lawyer’s fight to protect the rights of citizens.
For full film program, line-up and synopsis, visit doxafestival.ca
DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs June 18-26, 2020.
Films will be available to stream for the duration of the festival dates. Films are geo-blocked to British Columbia and virtual tickets will be limited. Select screenings will include pre-recorded filmmaker Q+As and extended discussions. Tickets are available online at doxafestival.ca