Doxa Docs in Review, Part One

18 Jun

DOXA Festival (@DOXAFestival) | TwitterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

* Playing from June 18 to 26. Tickets to an online screening can be purchased here. For information, please visit their faq.

Starting today, the Doxa Documentary Film Festival is live and broadcasting direct to your home! This event has a mix of documentaries that are not only very revealing in its examination of where society is at presently, but also on what humanitarian efforts are being made to have us think, if not consider the future not only for ourselves, but also for others.

The following is a sampling of the works I’ve gotten to preview ahead of time:

The Story of Plastic' is an eye-opener on the global plastic pollution  crisis - Greenpeace InternationalAlso on Amazon Prime

Plastic is made to last forever, and most of it is likely to end up in the trash heap than recycled. The stats on where the waste goes (including an alliance to end it, committing 1.5 billions to cleanup while $204 goes to 334+ new petrochemical facilities as of May 2019) are scary according to the documentary The Story of Plastic.

In Malaysia or India, for example, to see not everyone is into proper waste management is discouraging. This film attempts to answer the question of what we can do. Sadly, sending the garbage to China is not the answer, and the work to sort it all according to additives in the plastic is backing up. honestly, this 95 min examination by Deia Schlosberg is an eye opener. The more people who see this film and understand how recycling truly works, the better the chance industry can fix the programs that’s broken.

In what began as an investigation by journalist Zoë Carpenter, other individuals are at least trying to educate. Tiza Mafira of The Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement is showing people the real problems related to constant use of plastic. In a different scope, we find a lot more Individuals hoping to change things for the better. like Captain Charlie Moore of the Algalita Marine Research facility cleanng up the oceans.

Thankfully We can smile after viewing this documentary. Plastic straws are becoming a thing of the past and biodegradable bags are becoming more prominent. This discourse has been making its rounds at many film festivals since last year and all it needs now is a run on cable Networks too.

4 Stars out of 5


Hyder, Alaska is a place nearly lost to time. It’s probably not even recognized by most people anywhere in the world. This place is as distant as they come, and the few remaining residents are old codgers– living life as best they can. When they need supplies, it means making a call at or driving down to Stewart, British Columbia.

Between raising a bunch of cats, running a tourist type attraction to spot Sasquatches and keeping up with current events, Jim Russell, Carl Bradford and Ken Olsen are just simply living out the twilight of their years, and give their take on current events as though they know better. Quite simply, their wisdom is better than what Solomon can offer. In layman’s terms, they are certainly smarter than the average bear (encroaching wildlife notwithstanding).

Vancouver-based director Tony Massil made this documentary circa 2016 and between then and now, to find the story which makes up this slice of life work, means understanding who they are more than us about the world. When we’re staring back to the past and watch what they predict as dead on, the eeriness can’t go without notice. While the presentation can be slow at times, just the pacing gets better when connections are made to the familiar.

When I saw one of these men comparing where we are now to the movie Planet of the Apes as he was watching it, I had a good chuckle. Thankfully Not everyone believes this world is on a course to total annihilation. But to hear Jim, Carl and Ken gives us more food for thought. perhaps we can learn a thing or two from them. what they have to say and teach us can mark a new beginning…. so we hope.

3½ Stars out of 5

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