2019 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

New Zealand, dir. Hepi Mita, 2018, 87 mins.

Dates and Venue 11 May 2019, 7pm @ SFU-GCA & 11 May 2019, 8.30pm @ Vancity

Merata Mita has been a filmmaker, a teacher, an actor, an activist and a mother. She was the first Maori woman, indeed, one of the first Indigenous women in the world to write and direct a feature film. Full review

The Hottest August

Canada/US, dir. Brett Story, 2019, 92 mins.

Dates and Venue 4 May 2019, 9.30pm @ Vancity & 12 May 2019, 1.45pm @ Cinematique

It’s New York City in August 2017. It's the time and place setting for Canadian Brett Story’s choppy film essay The Hottest August. The film offers little by way of a structured narrative and even less in formal context. Full review

Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

Canada, dir. Larry Weinstein, 2019, 92 mins

Dates and Venue 9 May 2019, 8.30pm @ SFU Goldcorp Centre & 10 May 2019, 12pm @ Vancity

In his cautionary documentary, Larry Weinstein, who also provides the narration, not only explores the impact and the history of propaganda, but also methods with various degrees of effectiveness – including art. Full review

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Canada, dir. Joan Tosoni & Martha Kehoe, 2019, 90 mins

Dates and Venue 3 May 2019, 8pm & 11 May 2019, 2.15pm @ Cinematique

Ask any Canadian musician about their favourite song and chances are the song they choose will be a Gordon Lightfoot song. Joan Tosoni & Martha Kehoe’s sympathetic film follows Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot’s career and to some degree, his personal life in more less chronological order. Full review

Everything Must Fall

South Africa, dir. Rehad Desai, 2019, 85 mins

Dates and Venues 9 May 2019, 8.30pm @ SFU Goldcorp Centre & 10 May 2019, 12pm @ Vancity

Rehad Desai’s documentary focuses squarely on the student unrest and large scale protests that defined the “FeesMustFall” movement between October 2015 and October 2016 in South Africa. Full review

A Bright Light: Karen and the Process

Switzerland, dir. Emmanuelle Antille, 2018, 94 mins

Dates and Venue 3 May 2019, 8pm & 11 May 2019, 2.15pm @ Cinematique

In English & French with English subtitles

So, who really has ever even heard of Karen Dalton? So little has been documented, either in audio, video or print, that’s It’s difficult to understand why Emmanuelle Antille would chose her as the subject of her first documentary; a project that premiered at Visions du Réel Festival last year. Full review



Canada, dir. Sheena McDonald, 2019, 80 mins

Date and Venue 4 May 2018, 7pm @ SFU Goldcorp Centre & 12 May 2019, 4.45pm @ Vancity

Reviewer John Jane

Candice Marion Vadala, who is much better known by her professional name Candida Royalle began her career as a dancer and actor, then later as a producer of couples-oriented pornography which she preferred to call erotic romance. Full review

Call Me Intern

New Zealand, dir. Natalie Berger & Leo David Hyde, 2019, 70 mins

Date and Venue 6 May 2019, 12pm @ Vancity

The corporate internship system is a phenomenon that has spread like a cancer across Europe and North America. Young filmmakers Natalie Berger & Leo David Hyde go for broke in an exposé of the practice that advances the employer’s needs without much evidence it helps the intern. Full review


High Life

USA/France/UK/Germany/Poland, 2018. dir. Claire Denis, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens April 19, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

.For those who are into sci-fi, this film about a father and his daughter struggling to survive in deep space where they live in isolation is something to reckon with. French director/writer Claire Denis comes up with an interesting storyline about a group of prisoners serving death sentences and being used as guinea pigs in a deep space mission. Full review



Teen Spirit

USA, 2018. dir. Max Minghella, 92 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens April 19, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is one of many modern Cinderella stories, particularly like the JLo films, where poor girl goes from rags to riches.Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. She enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Full review




USA 2019. dir. M. Night Shyamalan. 129 mins.

Available on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, "Blu-Ray" and DVD

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Starring James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson as the three superheroes, this film questions whether we as humans are capable of superpowers. In this film, security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. They are eventually caught and put in an institution for the criminally insane. Meanwhile, Elijah Price / Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), a superhumanly intelligent mass murderer and comic book theorist, is David's sworn arch enemy. He has been in the institution for 18 years. Full review



The Quietude

Argentina, 2018. dir. Pablo Trapero, 111 min.

Dates and Venues Opens March 15, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Erin Jane

Two beautiful and intensely close sisters reunite in a complicated story of love and family in this emotional drama by Argentinian director Pablo Trapero. Set in a beautiful countryside ranch called “La Quietud”, this picturesque family homestead sets the scene for sisters joining together as their aging father falls critically ill. Full review



The Hummingbird Project

Canada/Belgium, 2018. dir. Kim Nguyen, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens March 18, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Gambling, whether it´s high stakes like this one, or even the scratch cards, is a losing game. Perhaps less than one percent are lucky and hit the jackpot. In this film, it´s the other 99% that´s involved. High stakes stock trading - you want to make millions or bust. and bust it is in this drama-thriller. Full review



Green Book

USA 2018. dir. Peter Farrely. 130 mins.

Available on Digital February 19 and on 4K Ultra HD, "Blu-Ray" and DVD March 12

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is a touching story based on the lives of Tony "Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a working-class Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx who becomes the driver of an African Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour of venues to the deep south during those restless years of racism in the early years of the 1960s. Obviously, they encounter racial problems during this tour. In 1962. Full review



Oscar Shorts 2019: Live Action

Dates and Venue Feb. 22 at 1pm, Feb. 23 at 1pm | Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Madre Spain, dir. Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Maria del Puy Alvarado, 19 mins.
Fauve Canada, dir. Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon, 17 minutes
Marguerite Canada, dir. Marianne Farley and Marie-Helene Panisset, 19 mins.
Detainment Ireland, dir. Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon, 30 mins.
Skin USA, dir. Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman, 20 mins.

Reviewer Jason Martin

Brevity packs a punch in this series of short live-action Oscar-nominated films, a category often overlooked by mainstream moviegoers. This year’s 2019 nominees tackle a mélange of touching, perturbing and tumultuous themes, ranging from racism, murder, unexpected loss and lesbian love. Full review