DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The 12th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival begins this weekend in Vancouver. With seventy-four screenings in five different venues, one of these fantastic documentary films is sure to catch your interest and fit into your schedule!

Please check out their schedule and see what might grab your attention. These films are always so interesting and well done – I hope you’re able to check one out this year!

Here are just a couple of the film synopses, the opening and closing events:

DOXA is extremely proud to open the festival this year with Vancouver director Corey Ogilvie’s Occupy The Movie, a film that exemplifies and expands the feisty tradition of documentaries such as The Corporation and The Take. Although the Occupy movement grew like lightning all over the globe, it had its origins right here in Vancouver. Following the example established by the protestors in New York, encampments sprang up around the globe, a series of brush fires that threatened to engulf the world. Interviews with Chris Hedges, Cornwel West, and Adbuster’s Kalle Lasn add intellectual heft. But it is ordinary people who describe the personal cost of putting their bodies on the front line of social change that speak the loudest. 


Back in the early 60s, a group of four young men performed in a low rent club called the Cavern. A seventeen-year old girl named Freda Kelly came to almost every performance. This is how Freda Kelly came to work with John, Paul, George and Ringo, a group of Liverpudlian lads who would become a group called The Beatles. As the band’s personal secretary she was along for the wild ride as Beatlemania reached epic heights. In Ryan White’s warm and sweetly humble film, Freda tells her stories for the first time. On the 50th Anniversary of the very first Beatles’ album (Introducing the Beatles) DOXA is happy to celebrate with Good Ol’ Freda, the woman behind the fab four. 

While they all sound fantastic, I think this year I’m going to check out Rent a Family Inc. and The Mosou Sisters.

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