Making of Duterte’s Hell

Aaron Goodman, a Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) faculty member, wants to give viewers the opportunity to see what it’s like for the family and community of victims being terrorized by the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines through the mini-documentary Duterte’s Hell. The film contains graphic and emotional scenes of the deceased and their loved ones. Goodman had previous experience shining…

Vancouver’s heritage shaped by many faces

The public lecture series Shaping Vancouver 2017: Reshaping Conversations on Heritage delves into the diverse cultures that shape our experience of place in Vancouver. “It’s these diverse cultures that influence the growth of Vancouver,” says Bill Yuen, one of the talk organizers and the manager for Heritage Vancouver Society. “Our heritage is shaped by living…

Documentary shines light on repair cafés

FIXED! is a short documentary that was inspired by the rise of ‘repair cafés’ in local communities around the world. The movement initially began in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and quickly became a phenomenon. At a repair café, volunteers gather to fix broken items from the public for free. These items include electronics, small appliances, jewelry, clothing…

Kid’s science show shines lights on Indigenous science

Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show stands out from competitors, especially for First Nations youth, with its central focus on Indigenous audience. The show, created by Loretta Todd and team, is broadcasted on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) television network from Feb. 11 to May 6,2017. Todd is an independent Indigenous filmmaker who also produces television…

Paradise or iIlusion? –Searching for a new life

Big cash and a lavish lifestyle don’t always buy you happiness, as shown in Julia Ivanova’s new documentary Limit is the Sky. The Russian-Canadian filmmaker follows six young people in their search of a new life in Fort McMurray, the North Canadian oil-city of extreme richness and ruthless weather. The documentary shows us the dreams…

Stories moving from the beyond

The Rock, Paper, Scissors exhibition is being shown in the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre during the 150th anniversary of Canada and on the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese-Canadians. Cindy Mochizuki’s exhibit visualizes a time long ago and moves forward into a destiny not yet known. Although her works often live in…

Travelling the world on a motorcycle

Food and culture are part of a new travel documentary series from Vancouver-based film production company QE Productions. It is hosted by American author and adventurer Allan Karl, who will traverse several countries on his motorcycle and spend 30 days in each one. The pilot for the series, planned as several one-hour episodes, will first…

Bringing life to the Chinese cannery workers at Steveston chapter

The Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site wants to revitalize a part of history with a 10-minute documentary. Hardship and Hope: The Story of the Chinese Cannery Workers in Steveston is a historical overview to help explain what brought these individuals to B.C. and what they experienced here. It shines a light on living conditions in…

The ancient village of the Musqueam First Nation

Vancouver is not a new city, and a series of exhibitions titled c’əsnaʔəm, the city before the city seeks to challenge this misconception about a region that has been occupied for 9,000 years. The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is one of three sites that seek to fill in this gap of historical and cultural knowledge…

Focus on Local Artist

Documentary to inspire revolution
Revolution, the documentary that sounds the alarm about humanity’s present self-destructing trajectory, will open in Vancouver theaters April 12, during Earth Day celebrations.

Salaam Dunk. Photos courtesy of DOXA

Commonality sought at 2012 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

You would have to have your head permanently dug into English Bay’s sand not to have noticed that the DOXA Documentary Film Festival is happening. All across town, on bus stops, in buses themselves, in newspapers and on television the festival is doing a promotional blitz never seen before.

The festival expects to have hundreds of moviegoers fill seats in the 10 day festival. [Read more…]