Vancouver, BC / Thurs., April 7, 2016 – 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.
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. Our 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. (We aimed for gender parity this year at DOXA and we slam-dunked it!)
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) our 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 our closing night film.
DOXA Documentary Film Festival runs May 5 –15, 2016. Tickets are available online here. For further information, call DOXA at 604.646.3200. DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media society, a Vancouver-based non-profit, charitable society.