DOXA Documentary Film Festival announces 2022 lineup

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      The DOXA Documentary Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 21st annual event, which runs from May 5 to 15 at various Vancouver venues.

      The festival will showcase 55 feature and mid-length films, 24 shorts, and both pre-recorded and live Q&As. It will also include opportunities for filmmakers, audiences, and industry professionals to connect, both online and in person.

      Two highlights of DOXA 2022 are the programming streams Memory and Archives and Landscapes of Resistance. "The affective and political potential of archival material is the focal point of the Memory and Archives Spotlight program," reads the info in a press release issued today. "The films in this program contend with personal, historical, and mythic memory in order to reach deeper understanding."

      Tomasz Wolski’s historical thriller-esque 1970 is part of DOXA's Memory and Archives program.

      Films in the Memory and Archives program will include Tomasz Wolski’s 1970, which uses marionettes and stop-motion animation to depict the Polish government’s violent response to public protest; Vancouver-based Sara Wylie’s A More Radiant Sphere, about the work of Canadian poet and activist Joe Wallace; and Alain Gomis's Rewind & Play, which "subtly deconstructs the systemic racism and legacy of colonialism at play when jazz icon Thelonious Monk makes a visit to a Parisian television studio in 1968."

      Thelonious Monk pictured in a still from Alain Gomis's Rewind and Play.

      Other films in the Memory and Archives program include Karim Aïnouz’s Mariner of the Mountains, Robin Hunzinger’s Ultraviolette and the Blood-Spitters Gang, and Trinh T. Minh-ha’s What About China?.

      According to the press release, Landscapes of Resistance is "a collection of films rooted in stewardship and grounded in political freedom. The films in this Spotlight are searing reminders of the ongoing effects of colonialism, systemic oppression, and environmental destruction in B.C., across Turtle Island, and around the world." Selections in Landscapes of Resistance will include Ali Kazimi's Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence, Luke Gleeson’s DƏNE YI'INJETL-The Scattering of Man, Alex Pritz's The Territory, Marta Popivoda's Landscapes of Resistance, and two shorts by Alanis Obomsawin.

      As announced last week, the festival's special presentations will include Sara Dosa’s Fire of Love, Colin Askey's Love in the Time of Fentanyl, Henri Pardi's Dear Jackie, and local DOXA alum Teresa Alfeld's Doug and the Slugs and Me.

      Still from Dear Jackie, Henri Pardo's portrait of Black life in Montreal.

      For more detailed info on the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, and to purchase tickets, go here.