by Amoeba May. 17, 2011 3388 views

Nothing like a great film to remind me of how little I know;0( The DOXA documentary festival just ended & there were just some amazing films to really exercise my one brain cell. If these happen to pass by your city, most are highly recommended.

The Wolf In Shorts [] – A really interesting film on lesbian/gay couples & parenting in Italy. There was a great panel discussion afterwards on adoption in general, but also for gay couples which is allowed in BC, but not in Italy.

Over You Cities, Grass Will Grow [] – Gorgeous. If you’ve seen Anselm Kiefer’s work & love it, then likely this film is for you. Otherwise, it may be a bit of a snoozer. I personally loved this b/c it was a peek into Kiefer’s work space in southern France.

The Market [] – Oh my…was this ever an incredibly thought provoking film. This looked at both points of view about medical tourism-especially organ trafficking, AND it brought the potential buyer and seller together for a discussion. An ethics professor answered questions at the end of the film & this was by far one of the most intelligent Q&A sessions I had been to in some time.

Ahead of Time [] – What will you have accomplished by the time you’re 99? Well to name a few events in the outstanding life of Ruth Gruber (whom I had no clue of before I saw this film): she was admitted to NYU at 15, obtained her PhD by 19 (oh yeah, minor detail, but she finished this in a year!), witnessed the rise of the Third Reich, attended the Nuremberg trials, wrote & photographed a good number of historic events…just to name a few. She still has all her wits about her & has clearly lived a very fulfilling life so far. I’ll be lucky if I have half my wits about me when I’m 60! Talk about a super lovely woman way ahead of her time!!!

Cave of Forgotten Dreams [] – I’m divided on this one. 3D documentary film…very cool. Same images that were shown a gazillion times over…not cool. Finished with a post script that made absolutely no freaking sense…so very uncool! A film on the earliest human cave drawings ever…absolutely exquisite & super cool!!! Our bums were a touch numb after this & my friend had admitted to taking a quick snooze & I kept yawning…so you go decide for yourself if it’s worth it. Lunch & beers afterwards restored us to a somewhat human state;0)

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Michael Sakowicz 9 years, 8 months ago

I dig how when one goes to these types of events he or she comes away with an interesting take on their immediate surroundings and self-being. I can tell this is no exception for you and that is cool. Film is supposed to provoke thought, I think. ;)

Oh yeah, 'Ahead of Time' sounds pretty cool.

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Claire 9 years, 8 months ago

great post !

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Masoud Ahmadpoor 9 years, 8 months ago


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