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KDocsFF 2023: People. Places. Power.

Feb 22 – 26

KDocsFF 2023: The YouTube Effect + Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age + Opening Reception

The YouTube Effect explores the ascension and potential fall of YouTube, the world's most popular video-sharing website. Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age follows four women and one man whose lives have been affected by online violence.

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3:45 pm
Wed Feb 22
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: DƏNE YI'INJETL: The Scattering of Man + Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace

A double feature with DƏNE YI'INJETL: The Scattering of Man or how some corporations have violently disrupted the lives and lands of Indigenous people, and Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace, an essential viewing and a timeless reminder that one should never trust a politician in a hard hat.

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12:30 pm
Thu Feb 23
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: The Cartel Project

Since 2012, 64 reporters have been killed in Mexico, making the country the most dangerous place in the world for the press. The documentary follows the reporters from 25 international media outlets that come together to shed light on this murder.

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1:30 pm
Thu Feb 23
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: The Territory

Occupying the lush Amazon rainforest in what is now the Brazilian state of Rondônia, the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people have lived in balance with the world for millennia. When the tribe made first contact with outsiders in the early 1980s, disease quickly decimated their numbers.

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3:20 pm
Thu Feb 23
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Love in the Time of Fentanyl

When the opioid crisis in BC escalated to the heights of a public emergency in 2016, OPS set up a tent in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Love in the Time of Fentanyl witnesses the exhausting but essential work required to keep the site running.

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5:00 pm
Thu Feb 23
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: This Is Fracking

The Patagonia region of Argentina harbors a dark secret. Home to the world's fourth largest shale oil reserve and second largest shale gas reserve, the people living here have suffered the impacts of fracking in quasi-total obscurity, ignored by both Argentinian and global media.

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5:15 pm
Thu Feb 23
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Navalny

In August 2020, Alexei Navalny was poisoned and could only be rescued within inches of his life. The film follows Putin's opponent while he tries to find the perpetrators. A must-see film about a charismatic leader, who is presently detained in a penal colony.

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7:40 pm
Thu Feb 23
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Returning Home + The Doctrine of Recovery

Returning Home is a revelatory testament to strength and resilience, with Phyllis Jack-Webstad, the survivor who founded the Orange Shirt Day movement. The Doctrine of Recovery is a powerful reminder of how the roots of so many tragic issues impacting First Nations' communities today began in 1493.

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12:30 pm
Fri Feb 24
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: The Shadow of Gold

The Shadow of Gold takes an unflinching look at how the heavy metal is extracted from the earth. The film explores both sides of the industry: the big-time companies that dig deep and lop off mountaintops to extract gold, and the small-time miners often producing just enough to survive.

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1:30 pm
Fri Feb 24
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Coextinction

The Southern Resident Orca population of the Pacific Northwest is facing extinction due to a multitude of reasons. Directors Gloria Pancrazi and Elena Jean draw on their personal fascination of the iconic orca to show its interconnectedness between its natural ecology and the human environment.

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3:20 pm
Fri Feb 24
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Into the Weeds: Dewayne "Lee" Johnson vs. Monsanto Company

Dewayne Johnson suffered from rashes in 2014. As his health deteriorated, Johnson became the face of a David-and-Goliath legal battle to hold a corporation accountable for a product with allegedly misleading labelling: Roundup. By acclaimed director Jennifer Baichwal.

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4:50 pm
Fri Feb 24
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Rebellion

Rebellion brings you behind-the-scenes with Extinction Rebellion (XR), as the group confronts the climate emergency. And as internal tensions rise within the group. A reminder to question white Western environmentalism that ignores structural racism and oppression.

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5:25 pm
Fri Feb 24
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: The Happy Worker, or How Work Was Sabotaged

The straightforward notion of work has been hijacked by senseless jargon, endless meetings about nothing, and activities that appear to go against the possibility of a satisfying workday. Provocative and frequently hilarious, the film is a white-collar call-to-arms.

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7:20 pm
Fri Feb 24
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: A Story of Bones

A Story of Bones shines a pensive light on the contrast between whom we place importance on and the legacy of colonial rule on an island still governed from Britain, the island of St. Helena.

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7:50 pm
Fri Feb 24
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: The Monopoly of Violence + The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada

The Monopoly of Violence interrogates the just limits state police powers through raw and sometimes graphic footage of clashes between police and protestors. Focusing on three journalists in exile in Canada, The Cost of Freedom confronts one of the most compelling human rights challenges: the threat to journalists.

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12:30 pm
Sat Feb 25
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Category: Woman

When South African runner Caster Semenya burst onto the world stage in 2009, her championship was not celebrated but marred by doubt, with her personal medical records leaked to international media. The film exposes an industry controlled by men who put women's lives at risk.

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5:05 pm
Sat Feb 25
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: TikTok, Boom.

There's more than dollars and yen at stake as data flows from TikTok back to Chinese server parks. A film about the invisible influence of social media, and what to do about it. The question is, what does Tiktok do with the endless amounts of data it collects from the app?

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7:45 pm
Sat Feb 25
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Unarchived + Writing With Fire

Unarchived surveys the inspiring work of community archives across British Columbia that work on history from multiple viewpoints. Writing With Fire shows how the women journalists of India's all-female Khabar Lahariya ("News Wave") newspaper risk it all to cover the news.

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12:30 pm
Sun Feb 26
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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KDocsFF 2023: Alice Street + Jean Swanson: We Need a New Map (SHORT) + Closing Reception

Two artists tackle their most ambitious project to date, a four-story mural in the heart of downtown Oakland. Their site is situated at a unique intersection where Chinese and Afro-Diasporic communities face the imminent threat of gentrification.

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5:20 pm
Sun Feb 26
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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