The DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2019 came to an end this weekend, and awards were announced at its closing-night event, held at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on May 11.
Here are the winning docs of the year.
Call Me Intern, directed by Nathalie Berger and Leo David Hyde, won the Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming. The film sheds light on the precarious nature of the job market for young professionals, where unpaid labour is normalized in the name of "experience". Stories of interns working in Europe and the United States also call into question how this kind of system particullarly marginalizes young people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and may be an impediment to pursuing their dream career.
The Nigel Moore Award for Youth Programming is given in honour of the late Nigel Moore, who died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 16.
The DOXA Short Documentary Award was presented to Time Is Out of Joint. Victory Arroyo’s short film centres on the issue of the 40,000 acres of Indigenous forest in Michoacán, Mexico, that have been plagued by narco industries and state-sponsored violence. The jury also awarded an honourable mention to Haven, directed by Colin Askey. The short follows participants in a radical opioid-assisted therapy program in Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic, a first of its kind in North America, who are provided with medical-grade heroin and a safe place to inject.
Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up was the recipient of the Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary. It focuses on the tragic death of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation, who was shot to death in Saskatchewan on August 9, 2016. The Indigenous filmmaker highlights crucial themes such as the glaring racism still prevlant in the Canadian legal system and the ongoing racial tensions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
The jury also awarded an honourable mention to Julien Elie’s DarkSuns, which revolves around the crisis in Mexico caused by drug cartels and elevates the stories of victims and survivors.
The DOXA Feature Documentary Award was given to Ian Soroka’s Greetings From Free Forests. The feature creates a profound sketch of the occuption of Slovenia during World War II, life in the forest during wartime and a Communist-led resistance movement. Hassan Fazili and Emelie Mahdavian’s Midnight Traveler was presented an honourable mention. The documentary follows the journey of the filmmaker and his family as they escape persecution and face hardships of displacement in pursuit of freedom.
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