DOXA Documentary Film Festival reveals 2019 line-up.

This week, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, announced its 2019 festival line-up. Western Canada’s largest documentary Film Festival, returns to Vancouver for the 18th annual festival May 2 through May 12, 2019.  Committed to cultivating curiosity and critical thought, DOXA will bring 82 films (shorts and features) from across Canada and around the world, to Vancouver screens, representing some of the very best in contemporary documentary cinema. 

Because We Are Girls

On May 3, DOXA kicks off with Baljit Sangra’s courageous new film Because We Are Girlswhich celebrates the strength of sisterhood in the face of profound pain and trauma. Because We Are Girls tells the story of three sisters from a conservative Indo-Canadian family coming to terms with the sexual abuse they faced by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. Vancouver-based Sangra explores the impact of sexual abuse on a family, turning her empathetic lens on intimate moments as they process and heal. 

Postings From Home

On May 4, DOXA hosts a special live documentary presentation Postings From Home by Toronto-based filmmaker Kelly O’Brien. O’Brien has taken the collective sharing of one’s personal life — now habitual on social media — and combined it with the 20th-century tradition of a family slideshow to create an emotionally affecting live performance. 

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

The gala screening of nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up on May 8 marks the 10-year anniversary of DOXA’s Justice Forum, a series aimed at creating space for open dialogue. Few events in recent Canadian history have sparked as much media attention, outrage, and horror as the death of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation who died after being shot in the head on Gerald Stanley’s farm. Indigenous filmmaker and scholar Tasha Hubbard goes beyond the headlines to present a detailed examination of race relations on the prairies. 

Closing the festival on May 11, Hepi Mita’s Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen is a tender posthumous tribute to his mother Merata Mita, the first M?ori woman — and one of the first Indigenous women in the world — to write and direct a narrative feature film. DOXA is exceptionally proud to close the festival with this extraordinary film about a visionary artist, activist and mother. 

Between these special features and events, DOXA 2019 packs its eleven days with curated collections, industry events, films, talk-backs, panels, parties and much more

DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 2–12, 2019, at The Vancouver Playhouse, VIFF’s Vancity Theatre, The Cinematheque, The Post at 750, Museum of Vancouver, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Find the full DOXA line-up and purchase tickets online at

Polaris Panels kick off in Vancouver

polaris10en@2xWednesday night, the 2015 Polaris Music Prize campaign starts off with the first in a nationwide series of Polaris Panels. Last week, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, Steve Jordan, announced plans for a series of Polaris Panels in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

Replacing the former Salons, Polaris Panels will feature general information about the Polaris judging process with local jurists offering insight into their own personal criteria for selecting their ballots.

“In the past, Salons had a general target audience of music obsessives, musicians, and aspiring music journalists. Increasingly we were aware that our audience for these discussions were chiefly artists wanting to know more about the Prize, so we’re recalibrating these sessions slightly to speak directly to them,” explained Jordan of the changes. “That said, anyone with an interest in knowing more about Polaris are more than welcome to join us.”

This year’s Polaris Music Prize 40 title, Long List will be announced at the Carleton, in Halifax on June 16, followed by the Short List unveiled on July 16 at The Carlu in Toronto.  The Polaris Music Prize Gala will return to The Carlu for its third year, on Monday, September 21. If you can’t be there in person, will once again stream the gala live.

The 2015 Polaris Panels begin in Vancouver on
Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm.
Co-produced by Music BC the Panel takes place at Guilt & Co in Gastown, 1 Alexander Street with
Steven Jordan moderating and a panel featuring; freelance music writer/photographer Christine McAvoy, Gregory Adams from Georgia Straight, Trevor Risk from ION Magazine and Andrea Warner from CBC Music & Exclaim!

Panels follow throughout the year in; 

Winnipeg, MB – June 4
Toronto, ON – June 19
Ottawa, ON – September 5
Montreal, QC – during Pop Montreal September 16-20
Halifax, NS – during Halifax Pop Explosion October 20 – 24

For more information on the Polaris Music Prize visit