2018 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

No Man’s Land

80 mins., US, 2017, dir. David Byers

Date and Venue 5 May 2018, 4.30pm @ Vancity

No Man’s Land is David Byers’ on-the-ground, and largely unbiased, account of what happened in the middle of winter at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, east Oregon, a couple of years ago. The incident is all but forgotten by most people living outside the Pacific North-West.... Full review

Our New President

78 mins., US/Russia, 2018, dir. Maxim Pozdorovkin

Dates and Venue 5 May 2018, 6.45pm @ Cinematheque & 9 May 2018, 8.30pm @ SFU-GCA, 149 W Hastings

In English & Russian with English subtitles

In Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, he was heard to say “People of the world, thank you.” Over in Moscow Vladimir Putin, watching the event on local television was known to respond with “You’re welcome.” This anecdote is from the host of a news program on one of Russia’s State-owned TV channels seen half way through Maxim Pozdorovkin's documentary Our New President. Full review



85 mins., Canada, 2017, dirs. Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper

Dates and Venues 10 May 2018, 6pm @ SFU-GCA, 149 W Hastings and 11 May 2018, 12pm @ Vancity

This is an excellent documentary about the much discussed topic of climate change. It does address the issue in a unique manner using the metamorphosos of the Monarch butterfly from caterpillar to coccoon and then, to its final butterfly stage. Full review




Letter from Masanjia

77 mins., Canada, 2018, dir. Leon Lee

Date and Venue 5 May 2018, 2pm @ Vancity

As I was watching this documentary, I couldn´t help but compare the persecuted members of the Falun Gong to the early Christians during the Roman times who were tortured and fed to the lions. This documentary is about one such martyr who stuck to his beliefs and paid dearly for it.Full review








The Miracle Season

USA 2018. Dir: Sean McNamara. 99 mins. VENUE: Various cinemas. Opens April 6, 2018

Reviewer Ed Farolan

If you like to have a good cry, go watch this film. The screenplay is by David Aaron Cohen and Elissa Matsueda and it´s based on a true story about the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found (Danika Yarosh), and how the dispirited team of girls from an Iowa high school used her as their inspiration in hopes of winning the state championship. Full review



Lean on Pete

USA 2017. Dir: Andrew Haigh. 121 mins. VENUE: Various cinemas. Opens April 13, 2018

Reviewer Ed Farolan

For those who love horses, this is a heart-warming story. Based on the 2017 British drama film based on the novel of the same title by Willy Vlautin, it was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress for Charlie Plummer. Full review





USA 2017. Dir: Wim Wenders. 112 mins. VENUE: Various cinemas. Opens April 20, 2018

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Despite the fact that you have two big stars in this film (Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy), this film which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year got mixed reviews. From my vantage point, I think that if medium is the "massage" in Marshall McLuhan´s iconic phrase, then Wenders´ film is an A. But contentwise, based on J.M. Ledgard´s novel, I would tend to have doubts. Full review





The Death of Stalin

UK 2017. Dir: Armando Iannucci. 106 mins. VENUE: Various cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

You´d think this film was a tragedy, from the title and the first few scenes. Then you realize it´s a dark comedy from writer/director Armando Iannucci who´s known, as in the the HBO comedy “Veep,” to depict politicians as not only vapid but also crass. Full review