KDocsFF 2024: Journeys in Solidarity
Feb 21 – 25
Igniting Dialogue, Inspiring Action
KDocsFF’s curated selection of documentaries invites you to witness the power of real-world storytelling. It’s a cinematic journey that celebrates the relentless spirit of activism and its capacity to inspire societal transformation.
Join the journey of exploration and empowerment as we navigate and respond to the complexities of our world, championing individual and collective voices through film.
Palawan appears to be an idyllic tropical island. Its powder-white beaches and lush forests have made it one of Asia’s hottest new tourist destinations. But for a tiny network of environmental crusaders and vigilantes trying to protect its spectacular natural resources, it is more akin to a battlefield.
The Klabona Keepers + ReWilding the Classroom
The Klabona Keepers is fierce account of the Tahltan Nation’s struggle to protect the Klabona Sacred Headwaters, an important natural habitat in northwest British Columbia, from commercial mining. ReWilding the Classroom educates viewers about the Youth Leadership in Sustainability initiative (YLS), a one-semester program that integrates curricular activities with the environment.
Black History Month
This February we’re delighted to present three new series, A New Chapter, Celebrating Black Futures and …to glimpse: African Cinema Now!, curated by Union Street director Jamila Pomeroy, writer-journalist Kika Memeh and writer and storyteller Ogheneofegor Obuwoma.
Black History Month: Short Film Showcase
The four short films in this program range from humorous dark comedy to sombre drama. These films explore existential crises, beauty standards and daring ambitions in the lives of the protagonists.
Interspersing interviews with archival footage, Union Street documents the history of Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, the formerly Black neighbourhood which was destroyed by the construction of the Georgia viaduct in the 1970s.
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
In this, the first of a new monthly series, ...to glimpse: African Cinema Now!, Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived her entire life in a small Lesotho village, is forced to venture out into the world and fight for what is right.
When Morning Comes
Nine-year-old Jamal (a radiant Djamari Roberts) is getting bullied at school and his mum -- a widow -- decides she needs to get him out of Jamaica and educated in Canada, with his grandmother. Only one problem: Jamal is not on board.
Using magical realism to paint a portrait of "undesirables" and "sorcerers" in the Congo, Augure (Omen) delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.
Oscar® Nominees at VIFF
Don’t wait to see these Academy Award nominees – you never know who might be a winner!
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Documentary
This year's nominees for Best Documentary Short range touch on range of social and political issues, from a humanistic perspective.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action
This year's nominees for Best Live Action Short Films include a mini-masterpiece from Wes Anderson and French Canadian entry, Invincible.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation
The best animated shorts of the year, according to the Academy... films from Iran, Israel, France and the USA. This program will also feature a handful of "best runners-up".
Anatomy of a Fall
When Samuel is found dead outside his alpine cabin it's clear he fell from the attic. But did he jump, or was he pushed? Justine Triet became only the third woman to win the the Palme d'Or at Cannes, for this thoroughly engrossing courtroom drama.
The Teachers' Lounge
When a grade 6 student is accused of theft, idealistic young math teacher Ms Nowak decides to set up a sting to find the true culprit... with disastrous results. This Academy Award contender for Best International Film is an ethics master class.
Not one for linearity, Nolan approaches Oppenheimer's life as if it's a Rubik's Cube, a puzzle to piece together first one way and then another until everything clicks into place. It's a big, serious compelling movie engineered with precision.
First Look Fridays
Enjoy $10 tickets + complimentary tea & coffee at the first Friday matinee screening of these films.
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