MOTION PICTURES TAKES TO THE ROAD
With dates in Surrey, West Vancouver, and Vancouver, DOXA’s Motion Pictures Film Series continues to present the very best in documentary practice with a selection of International and Canadian features, panel discussions, and post-screening Q&As.
DOXA, in partnership with the SFU Women’s Centre, offers their first-ever presentation in Surrey with Alanis Obomsawin’s extraordinary work Hi-Ho Mistahey! (Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 2:00PM at the SFU Surrey Theatre). In 2000, the Attawapiskat First Nation closed their elementary school because of toxic levels of contamination. Sub-standard facilities (moldy, rat-infested trailers), and constant teacher attrition led to a climate of despair. In the face of government apathy and indifference, a teenage girl named Shannen Koostachin single-handedly launched one of the largest youth-led campaigns to petition the Federal Government for a new school.
Earnest, often moving, chock full of plucky characters with good intentions, the film is haunted by the absent presence of Shannen Koostachin, the charismatic Cree student who got the campaign going but died tragically, at 16, in a car crash in 2010. Others are shown picking up the cause, creating a national movement
– The Globe & Mail
DOXA returns to the Kay Meek Centre with a screening of Alcan Highway (Tuesday, January 21st, 2014, 7:30PM). Men and their complex, occasionally tortured, relationships with trucks may be the most immediate element in director Aleksi Salmenperä’s road-movie-cum-philosophical-sojourn, but it is only the beginning of the story.
Alcan Highway plays out like Chekhov in a junkyard.
In celebration of Black History Month, DOXA and the Institute for Humanities at SFU are very proud to present the Vancouver premiere of John Akomfrah’s elegant portrait The Stuart Hall Project. (February 5th, 2014 at 7:00PM Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodward’s).
One of the founding figures of the New Left and a key architect of Cultural Studies, Stuart Hall came to prominence at the BBC and over the course of 50 years of radio and television broadcasts established himself as one of the UK’s leading intellectuals. The Stuart Hall Project marries the music of Miles Davis with clips of Hall’s work, drawn from more than 100 hours of archival footage.
Amid the audiovisual bricolage, it is notable just how accessible Hall’s ideas are, given their intellectual weightiness. This is partly down to the seductively allusive manner of the film’s editing, but also the compelling presence of the subject: Hall is gregarious, good-looking and highly charismatic – a pleasure to spend time with.
– The British Film Institute
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