Six years ago, under the banner Rated Y for Youth, the DOXA Documentary Film Festival introduced its school outreach program with a series of films aimed at high school students.
The 2014 edition is as strong as ever. On Monday (May 5), RYY kicks off with Martha Stiegman’s Honour Your Word, about the cross-generational efforts of the Algonquin people of Barriere Lake to save the territory from forestry and mining projects.
The series continues on Tuesday (May 6) with a shorts program, Leap Year, followed the next day (May 7) by the much-buzzed about Web Junkie.
DamNation—covered here by the Straight’s Stephen Hui—screens on Thursday (May 8), and the series ends on Friday (May 9) with perhaps the woolliest of the four features under the RYY banner.
Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit is about Colton Harris-Moore, a fugitive teen who became a two-year international headache for the FBI and a hero on the Internet. Look for a review later in the week.
Once Rated Y for Youth wraps up, a three-person youth jury will convene to choose the winner of the second annual Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming. Nigel passed away in August 2012 at the age of 16, and the award—as beautifully summed up in the DOXA program—“exemplifies the qualities of compassion, social engagement, and spirit in which Nigel lived.”
More on Rated Y for Youth here.