by Hogan Short
Documentaries have had a history of falling by the way wide. The subject matter may not be sexy enough, they never feature celebrities (obviously), and they never receive a run in the theatre. Now with on-demand becoming the go to platform for audiences it seems that the desire for documentaries is finally getting its due. Lucky for Vancouverites, DOXA (Documentary Film Festival) is returning May 3 to 13 for their 17th year.
Watching a documentary can shape an idea, convey a hope, or possibly shine a light on an unknown issue. To see these films first hand with an audience is a one of a kind experience and DOXA has an incredible program to choose something just right for you. There are visually beautifully films like Cielo, a discussion on the night sky and our place in the universe from Atacama, Chile, the best place on Earth to observe the stars. A Six Dollar Cup of Coffee shows us the real cost of every cup of coffee we sometimes take for granted. Dreaming Murakami is a hypnotic love letter, not just to the work of the Japanese author, but to the unsung art of translating prose from one culture to another.
Tickets to DOXA can be purchased in advanced or rush tickets at the door while quantities last. Films will play throughout the city at fan favourite theatres like VanCity, The Cinematheque, and even the Museum of Vancouver. Check your schedule, talk to your people, and just decide which insightful documentary you want to truly learn from and experience. The Netflix documentaries aren’t going anywhere, but DOXA is only here for a short while.
DOXA runs May 3 to 13 at various theatres.