Certain Women

USA 2016. Dir: Kelly Reichardt. 107 min. DCP

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Dates and Venue 19 - 25 May | The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street

Despite the stellar cast composed of Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Michelle Williams, this film based on three Montana-set short stories by Maile Meloy doesn't quite make the grain. Full review




2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Waking the Sleeping Giant

90 mins., USA, 2017, dir. Jacob Smith and Jon D. Erickson

Date and Venue 12 May 2016, 12.30pm @ Opheum Annex

Jacob Smith and Jon D. Erickson’s ninety-minute documentary is essentially about a progressive movement in the United States, or perhaps even a step further - profligation by the so-called 99%. Full review


Free Lunch Society

92 mins., Austria/Germany, 2017, dir. Christian Tod

Date and Venue 7 May 2016, 3pm @ Vancity Theatre

In English and German with English subtitles

President Ronald Reagan once casually remarked “there is no such thing as free lunch.” What Reagan really meant was that there is no free lunch for you and me. Full review


Tokyo Idols

88 mins., UK/Canada, 2017, dir. Kyoko Miyake

Date and Venue 11 May 2016, 9.15pm @ Vancity Theatre

In Japanese with English subtitles

Filmmaker Kyoko Miyake’s quirky documentary offers an examination of the ”idol” phenomenon and the part it plays in contemporary Japanese culture. Full review



95 mins., Germany, 2015, dir. Julian Rosefeldt

Date and Venue 13 May 2016, 6.30pm @ Vancity Theatre

Less a documentary than an art project, Manifesto is German video artist Julian Rosefeldt’s full-length compilation version of his 2015 multi-screen installation. Full review


Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World

103 mins., Canada, 2017, dir. Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana

Date and Venue 5 May 2016, 9pm @ Vancity Theatre

Catherine Bainbridge’s Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a musical documentary that is both informative and thoroughly entertaining. Full review



80 mins., Brasil, 2017, dir. Guilherme B. Hoffmann

Date and Venue 7 May 2017, 3pm & 10 May 2017, 7pm @ Cinematheque

In English and Portuguese with English subtitles

"Praia" is a Portuguese word simply meaning beach. If you are going to spend two years people-watching, there may be no better place to do it than the crowded Copacabana Beach. Full review


Vancouver: No Fixed Address

75 mins., Canada, 2017, dir. Charles Wilkinson

Date and Venue 6 May 2016, 7pm @ SFU-GC

Reviewer John Jane

Charles Wilkinson’s new documentary Vancouver: No Fixed Address takes a short, hard look at the recent escalating real estate market in Vancouver. Full review