A Special KDocs Screening: Flin Flon Flim Flam

KDocs hosted a free on-campus screening and panel discussion of John Dougherty's Flin Flon Flim Flam on January 26, 2017.

SPECIAL GUEST: John Dougherty, Investigative Reporter, Business and Political Writer, Columnist, Publisher, and Director, Flin Flon Flim Flam

PANELISTS: John Dougherty, Director, Flin Flon Flim Flam; Paul Richard, Chair, KPU Environmental Protection Program; Kate Murray, Member, Mining Justice Alliance; Bjorn Stime, Stop the Institute

LOCATION: Fir 128, KPU Surrey Campus

About the Film:
"InvestigativeMEDIA turns its unflinching focus on Canadian miner Hudbay Minerals Inc. and its controversial plans to construct the massive Rosemont open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson. InvestigativeMEDIA’s John Dougherty documents Hudbay’s legacy of lead poisoning in a remote Manitoba community where the company operated a notorious copper smelter for 80 years. He then turns to Hudbay’s former operations in Guatemala where the company stands accused of murder, rape and shootings in a precedent setting civil trial. Dougherty travels to the Peruvian Andes documenting indigenous villagers occupying a mine site after Peruvian police beat and teargased protestors angry over Hudbay’s failure to abide by an agreement. Dougherty uncovers Hudbay’s misleading statements over its proposed Rosemont copper project and the ecological treasure that would be destroyed if the mine were constructed."



A Special KDocs Screening: KOMBIT: The Cooperative


KDocs held a special FREE! on-campus screening of KOMBIT: The Cooperative on October 27, 2016.

SPECIAL GUEST: Margaret Morey-Reuner, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at TIMBERLAND

PANELISTS include Kent Mullinix, KPU Director, Institute for Sustainable Food System (ISFS); Larissa Petrillo, KPU Instructor, Anthropology and Director, The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research: Community Learning Engagement (CIR:CLE); and Tasha Nathanson, Youth Program Manager, British Columbia Co-operative Association.

View the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_771_N7OmXE
Visit the film online at http://www.kombitfilm.com/

About the Film:
"Once known as the richest agricultural country in the Caribbean, Haiti has been wracked by instability and natural disasters. Decades of decline have taken their toll on Haiti’s people, and today the country is 98% deforested with little of its once prosperous agricultural industry enduring. When Timberland commits to creating a sustainable intervention in Haiti that will lead to 5 million trees in 5 years, they work to find partners that understand the harsh realities of aid work but share the vision to build something sustainable. Over the course of 5 years, we follow Timberland’s support of a nascent partnership between a Haitian agronomist and a former NGO leader that commit to empowering communities of farmers to plant millions of trees while improving their crop yields. As the end of Timberland’s financial support approaches, SFA’s leaders race to develop new markets and opportunities for Haitian farmers that will endure and ensure a sustainable, greener future."



A Special KDocs Screening: How We Got Gay and Transforming Gender

As their practicum project, English 4300: Writing and Persuasion Beyond the Classroom students worked with KDocs Community Outreach to create a community event for Pride Week: the screening of two LGBTQ+ documentaries, Transforming Gender and How We Got Gay. A keynote address by Gerald Walton (Educational Studies faculty and author of The Gay Agenda) opened the evening, while the screenings were followed by a panel discussion led by Walton, Tara Lyons (Criminology faculty), and Kari Michaels (KPU student and WOOW co-founder). Brandy Svendson (Co-founder and CEO, Be the Change) served as the event’s moderator. Practicum students Neil Bassan, James Hospedales, Amanda Lam, and Kelsey Oskam were responsible for selecting the documentaries, promoting the event, running social media, recruiting panelists and the keynote speaker, writing a grant application, coordinating set-up, and hosting. This double-feature event took place on July 28, 2016 on the Surrey campus.

A Special KDocs Screening: The Mask You Live In

In partnership with KDoc Community Outreach, English 4300: Writing and Persuasion Beyond the Classroom students hosted a screening of Jennifer Siebel Newsom's The Mask You Live In (2015), a documentary that addresses hypermasculinity and the socialization of boys in America. Sponsored by KPIRG (Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group), the event included the performance of "Lost Boy Like Me" by rapping English major Calvin "Kalvonix" Tiu, a post-screening discussion forum, and breakout groups facilitated by the practicum students. The special guests of the evening were the youth from the Pathways Aboriginal Centre in Richmond. This special event was held at the Melville Centre for Dialogue on June 3, 2016.



KDocs 2016

KDocs held its second annual official documentary film festival on February 19 and 20, 2016, at the Vancouver International Film Centre/Vancity Theatre. Over 700 people were in attendance throughout the two-day festival, with a 35% increase in average per-film attendance.

  • Drone: “Inside the secret CIA drone war. Intimate stories from the war on terror. People living under drones in Pakistan and drone pilots struggling with killing through joysticks in the US. The film covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of ‘going to war,’ to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret ‘green light’ to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice. This is just the beginning. In the midst of fast advancement of technology and lagging international legislation the film shows how drones change wars and possibly our future.”  KDocs’s special guests and keynote speakers were Brandon Bryant (star of Drone and Founder, Project Red Hand), Michelle Segal (Project Red Hand), and Luke Bokenfohr (Former Royal Marine Commando and current Vancouver Police Department).  www.dronethedocumentary.com
  • The Mask You Live In:The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become ‘real’ men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the ‘boy crisis’ and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.” KDocs’s special guest and keynote speaker was leadership consultant David Hatfield.  www.themaskyoulivein.org
  • Peace Officer:Peace Officer is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William ‘Dub’ Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigative skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.” KDocs’s special guest and keynote speaker was William “Dub” Lawrence (star of Peace Officer).  www.peaceofficerfilm.com
  • Food Chain$: “There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved—all within the borders of the United States. Food Chain$ reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger—earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.” KDocs’s special guest and keynote speaker was Pablo Godoy (National Representative, UFCW Canada; National Coordinator, Students Against Migrant Exploitation/S.A.M.E.), and Vice-President, Ontario Federation of Labour).  www.foodchainsfilm.com
  • Ivory Tower: “As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost?  From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point. Through profiles at Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State—among several others—Ivory Tower reveals how colleges in the United States, long regarded as leaders in higher education, came to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way we also find unique programs, from Stanford to the free desert school Deep Springs to the historically black all women’s college Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure. Ultimately, Ivory Tower asks, What price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionize college as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?” KDocs’s special guest and keynote speaker was Kathy Corrigan, MLA, Burnaby-Deer Lake and Official Opposition Critic for Advanced Education.  www.takepart.com/ivorytower
  • Fractured Land: “What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom. As 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, puts it, “Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.” Caleb sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is a top executive for the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory? He has arrived at a key moment in history, sees the contradictions, and wants to reconcile them.” KDocs’s special guest and keynote speaker was Caleb Behn (star of Fractured Land).  www.fracturedland.com

Courtesy of Kwantlen's Coast Capital Library, you can read a bibliographic listing of additional resources for Drone, The Mask You Live In, Peace Officer, Food Chain$, Ivory Tower, and Fractured Land.

A Special KDocs Screening: Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered

KDocs was proud to present Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, a documentary film by local Vancouver filmmaker Gary Charbonneau, on January 27, 2016. The event was held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus, with approximately 100 people in attendance.  Our special guests included Mr. Charbonneau; animal law lawyer, Rebeka Breder; and Chief Scientific Officer for the BC SPCA, Dr. Sara Dubois, and together with a lively audience, they participated in an informative Q&A following the film. With Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, Charbonneau delivers a powerful and explosive documentary uncovering the truth on whale and dolphin captivity at one of Canada’s two remaining aquaria. For more information about the film, including a link to the film itself where it can be viewed free of charge, visit www.vancouveraquariumuncovered.com; click here for a bibliography of additional resources related to this film, courtesy of Kwantlen's Coast Capital Library.



KDocs 2015

KDocs held its first full film festival on March 14, 2015, at the Vancouver International Film Centre/Vancity Theatre. Over 300 were in attendance throughout the day.

  • Honor Diaries: Micah Smith’s 2013 Honor Diaries “is the first film to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls.  Honor Diaries is more than a movie, it is a movement to save women and girls from human rights abuses around the world.” KDocs special guest and keynote speaker was Raheel Raza, a Muslim Canadian journalist, author, public speaker, media consultant, anti-racism activist, and interfaith discussion leader.
  • Do the Math: Directors Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott’s 2013 film “chronicles ‘America's leading environmentalist,’ Bill McKibben, in a David-vs-Goliath battle to fight the fossil fuel industry and change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.” KDocs's special guest and keynote speaker was Bill McKibben (via video recording).
  • A Dangerous Game: “In this 2014 sequel to the award-winning You’ve Been Trumped, director Anthony Baxter once again follows American billionaire Donald Trump and a cast of other greedy characters who want to turn some of the Earth’s most precious places into golf courses and playgrounds for the super rich. KDocs's special guest and keynote speaker was Anthony Baxter, British journalist and broadcaster and the director of A Dangerous Game and You've Been Trumped.

Courtesy of Kwantlen's Coast Capital Library, you can read a bibliographic listing of additional resources for Honor Diaries, Do the Math, and A Dangerous Game.


KDocs 2014

  • The Price We Pay: KDocs launched on October 5, 2014, with its inaugural event, in partnership with the Vancouver Film Festival (VIFF): a screening of The Price We Pay, with special guest, the film’s director, Harold Crooks.  With The Price We Pay, Crooks, best known for The Corporation and, most recently, Surviving Progress, blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance with this incendiary documentary about the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance, which has seen multinationals depriving governments of trillions of dollars in tax revenues by harbouring profits in offshore havens. KPU's Coast Capital Library has prepared a bibliography of additional resources related to this film.
  • How to Survive a Plague: How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. The 2014-2015 Documentary Series closed out with 150+ registrants and a visit from David France, award-winning author, journalist, and director of the Oscar-nominated and Peabody-award-winning How to Survive a Plague, a sobering and, at times, heartbreaking, look at the early years of HIV/AIDS activism.  France delivered the event’s Keynote Address and participated as a panelist during the town hall/Q&A, along with Kwantlen students and Canadian HIV/AIDS consultant, advocate, and activist, Brandy Svendson (CEO, Be the Change Group Inc.).  Once again, MRAG worked closely with the KSA and various Kwantlen students groups, including Kwantlen Pride, to present a lively panel discussion in which student representatives from Kwantlen’s queer, gender diversity, and social justice groups drove a lively conversation and debate.  The event garnered media attention from CBC Radio, AIDS Vancouver, and Positive Living BC and demonstrated once again the far reach of MRAG and its high-quality, community-based, social justice-oriented events. For additional resources related to How to Survive a Plague, you are welcome to review the bibliography prepared by the Coast Capital Library.



KDocs 2013

  • Orgasm Inc.: Orgasm Inc. is an extraordinary behind-the-scenes access reveals a drug company's fevered race to develop the first FDA-approved Viagra for women and offers a humorous but sobering look inside the cash-fueled pharmaceutical industry. The 2013-2014 Documentary Series kicked off in October 2013, when we hosted filmmaker Liz Canner for a day on KPU’s campus, where she not only delivered the Keynote Address for the evening’s main event, but also met with smaller student/class groups (breakfast and lunch events) and participated in the town hall/panel discussion that followed the main event.  This was another sold-out MRAG event, with over 200 registrants, and feedback was overwhelmingly positive, especially for Liz Canner, as well as special panel member, Saleema Noon, one of Canada’s most well-known and highly respected Sexual Education Consultants.  Audience members responded enthusiastically to such high-profile speakers/ professionals, and this set an even higher standard for what had already become a well-known, quality brand (MRAG).  The Orgasm Inc. event also solidified what was already a growing partnership with the KSA and secured even more, deeper student involvement in the planning and execution of the day’s events.
    Bibliography of Additional Resources (courtesy of KPU's Coast Capital Library)
  • Payback: This feature documentary offers a fascinating look at debt as a mental construct and traces how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures, and the fate of the planet itself. Exploring the link between debtor and creditor in a variety of contexts and places, from the mountains of northern Albania to the tomato fields of southern Florida, the film blends compelling stories of “owing” and “being owed.” This event was a high-profile Kwantlen cultural event that attracted an audience of over 200 people from Kwantlen’s communities and beyond, with major contributions in kind made by the School of Horticulture and the Faculty of Design and the direct involvement of their faculty and students in the project. MRAG was pleased to welcome special guest Margaret Atwood. Atwood, author of Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, on which the film is based, took part in the town hall discussion following the screening, along with Dr. William Rees, originator of the “ecological footprint” concept and measurement, who also served as the evening's keynote speaker. CBC Radio One was the event’s media sponsor and provided CBC Radio One host Sheryl MacKay to MC the evening as well as timely media support and coverage. Audience feedback was extremely positive. By all accounts, this event set a new bar for Kwantlen’s MRAG, and Kwantlen events in general.
    Bibliography of Additional Resources (courtesy of KPU's Coast Capital Library)


KDocs 2012

  • Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a 2011 National Film Board of Canada (NFB) documentary about the pink ribbon campaign, directed by Léa Pool and produced by Ravida Din. The film is based on the 2006 book Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy by Samantha King, associate professor of kinesiology and health studies at Queen's University. In October 2012, as just one of MRAG’s projects, we launched its first annual Documentary Series with a screening of this controversial documentary film, including an interdisciplinary panel of Kwantlen faculty and students, as well as Keynote Speaker, Dr. Judy Segal, distinguished UBC professor of English and a scholar in the rhetoric of health and medicine. The Pink Ribbons, Inc. event again attracted a full house; a lively discussion followed, led mainly by the audience, our community; and media interest. Bibliography of Additional Resources (courtesy of KPU's Coast Capital Library)
  • Miss Representation: Miss Representation is a 2011 American documentary film written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. It explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited and often disparaging portrayals of women. The film premiered in the documentary competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This first screening and town hall panel/community dialogue (January 2012) attracted over 150 participants and received an overwhelming show of positive feedback within and across KPU’s many communities, including the media. We received many requests for more such events and dialogues across KPU campuses, ranging from community action-oriented meetings, to speaker evening/series, to group websites/social media/blogs, and of course, more film screenings and town hall discussions.
    Bibliography of Additional Resources (courtesy of KPU's Coast Capital Library)