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Mira Burt-Wintonick’s Wintopia, Michèle Stephenson’s Stateless and Ariel Nasr’s The Forbidden Reel featured as DOXA goes online across BC.


May 28, 2020 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Three National Film Board of Canada (NFB) co-produced feature-length documentaries will be showcased as part of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival—presented online in British Columbia only, from June 18 to 26, 2020.

The festival will also be featuring Q&As with filmmakers, as Vancouver’s DOXA goes virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opening Night Film — In Competition:

Wintopia by Mira Burt-Wintonick

  • Wintopia is part Utopian odyssey, part mourning ritual, as a young filmmaker traces the enigmatic footsteps of her late father, renowned documentarian Peter Wintonick.
  • Peter’s credits include co-directing the landmark Necessary Illusions/NFB co-production, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media with Mark Achbar, named Most Popular Canadian Film at the 1992 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Produced by Bob Moore (EyeSteelFilm) and Annette Clarke (NFB), with Daniel Cross and Mila Aung-Thwin as executive producers for EyeSteelFilm.
Synopsis, biographies, images: mediaspace.nfb.ca/wintopia

In Competition:

Stateless by Michèle Stephenson

Winner, Special Jury Prize, Canadian Feature Documentary, Hot Docs 2020

  • Haitian-Canadian director Michèle Stephenson’s Stateless uncovers the complex history and present-day politics of Haiti and the Dominican Republic through the grassroots electoral campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris.

Produced by Jennifer Holness and Michèle Stephenson (Hispaniola Productions), and Lea Marin (NFB), and executive produced by Anita Lee (NFB), Joe Brewster (Rada Film Group) and Sudz Sutherland (Hungry Eyes Media).
Synopsis, biographies, images: mediaspace.nfb.ca/stateless

Out of Competition:

The Forbidden Reel by Ariel Nasr

  • The story of Afghanistan’s fearless and visionary moviemakers—and the films we almost never got to see.

Produced by Sergeo Kirby (Loaded Pictures) and Kat Baulu (NFB), with executive producers Sergeo Kirby and Annette Clarke (NFB).
Synopsis, biographies, images: mediaspace.nfb.ca/the-forbidden-reel

For tickets and viewing information, visit doxafestival.ca

This selection of NFB titles for DOXA follows on the heels of the Hot Docs 2020 selection, also presented online, May 28 to June 6, in Ontario.

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French press release here | Communiqué en français ici.

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