With a final weekend of online screenings and two remaining evenings of the DOXA Drive-In, the DOXA Documentary Film Festival is pleased to announce the winners of its 2021 competitions.
Jaime Leigh Gianopoulos and Cláudio Cruz What about our future? is this year’s winner of the Nigel Moore Award for youth programming and thus the first short film to win this award. Jurors Maya Biderman, Teagan Dobson, Steven Hawkins, Anna Hetherington and Jacob Saltzberg noted that the film “makes a poignant statement that highlights the amazing work that a dedicated group of young minds can do while also highlighting the importance of preserving our natural world come solidified for generations. This film shows us that the power of youth organizations and young people as catalysts for social change cannot be denied. “
Yael Bridge also received an Honorable Mention The big scary “S” word for his “refreshing perspective on socialism in America. The film navigates with grace and focus through the climate and socio-political context of American socialism. The spirit of the film was reminiscent of Nigel Moore, in whose memory this award was created. “
This year’s Short Documentary Award was given to Sarra El Abed No time for womenwho “documents women in an open but haunting style as they express their political opinions in a confined space in a salon.” Jurors Teresa Alfeld, Priyanka Desai and Alejandro Yoshizawa noted, “By designing salon actions and talks in a war photography style, the film reflects the irony of the representation of women in the political system and the work of women behind the scenes to promote democracy ensure is alive and healthy. “
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is recognized by the Director’s Guild of Canada and receives the Colin Low Award for best Canadian director. Kímmapiiyipitssini: The importance of empathy, a “deeply personal and humanizing look at the causes and effects of the opioid crisis in the filmmaking community in the Kainai First Nation in Blackfoot Reserve, southern Alberta.” Judges Julia Aoki, Selwyn Jacob, and Kim Hsu Guise describe the film as follows: “Leveraging personal relationships, community connections, and carefully curated social histories, Tailfeathers explores the complexities of colonialism, substance use, and health policy through intimate portraits of people at most affected. The stories of health care workers and people who use substances are woven with rigorous compassion, conveying the significant challenges emerging from the opioid crisis and the healing made possible through leadership and care in the community. “
After its North American premiere at DOXA father by director Deng Wei is the winner of this year’s Feature Documentary Award. The film was “chosen because of its structured and intelligent narrative construction”. Jurors Brit Bachmann, Jorge Ignacio Castillo, and David Geary described it as “a beautifully nuanced, spacious, and darkly humorous portrayal of a Chinese family that seamlessly blends divination and reality. Estate speculation and the art of personal documentary film. “
All of the films in this year’s program can be streamed through May 17, 2021 at midnight, along with questions and answers from the filmmaker and live streaming events. DOXA drive-in screenings will take place on May 14th and 15th at the PNE Amphitheater and will show some of the outstanding documentaries of 2021.
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