When you have one person speaking, it’s an ‘opinion.’ However, many people hitting the same note means it’s something that deserves attention. KDocs is an event that connects students, academics, professionals, and community members with the objective of driving change through education and dialogue.
— Naveen Zafar, KPU Alumna, Community Organizer, and Panelist, KDocs 2017
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I will always cherish the sincere outpouring of encouragement and the interest shown in the film Peace Officer that was featured and screened at KDocs 2016. I was honored to be the subject of the film and even more deeply honored to have been able to travel a thousand miles to Canada to participate in the Kwantlen Documentary Film Festival to share it. Much success to you and yours.
— William "Dub" Lawrence, Star, Peace Officer, and Special Guest/Keynote Speaker, KDocs 2016
KDocs does something very well that few film festivals attempt - to facilitate a meaningful connection between filmmakers, leading scholars and the public to discuss some of the most pressing issues of the day, that extends far beyond the festival itself. It’s a vital and essential cultural event, and I can’t wait to return!
— Alex Williams, Director of The Pass System, Special Guest and Panelist, KDocs 2017
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KDocs is another installment in growing KPU’s outreach to its primary stakeholders: the students. The opportunity to provide another avenue for critical thinking, creativity, and innovation is the essence of progressive education. With KDocs, the graduates of KPU and the leaders of tomorrow will be engaged in diverse topics, with social justice as a foundation, in the KPU community as well as our own communities.
— Richard Hosein, KPU Student, Former KPU Board of Governors Member, KPIRG Administrative and Resource Coordinator, and Panelist, KDocs 2016
KDocs is a way for KPU and the Kwantlen Student Association to jointly create safe spaces for dialogue on issues related to social justice and sustainability on a global level. It is our responsibility to be leaders on these issues in our communities and provide a hub for learning and discussion. KDocs has already seen some great success, and we look forward to the amazing shared experiences that will come in the future.
— Jessica Lar-Son, KPU Alumna, Former Alliance of BC Students Chairperson, Former KPU Board of Governors Member, Former Kwantlen Student Association President, and Special Guest, KDocs Launch, October 2014
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Activism is essential to my university experience. KDocs brings social justice issues to a diverse audience. It creates a shared learning experience that is beyond what you learn in a classroom. Every time I attend a screening, I leave knowing a little bit more about the world around me and feeling a closer connection to the people in my community.
— Kari Michaels, KPU Alumna, Executive Vice President of the BCGEU, Former KPU Senator, Co-Founder of Women Organzing Opportunities for Women (WOOW), and KDocs Panelist, KDocs 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016
I’m still processing the energy and sensations of the day’s event. I know it took a lot of hard work to organize and ensure its success. So I would like to acknowledge that work by all who gave their time and energy to this endeavor. There were so many “AHA!” moments for me, and I’m sure for many others as well. So many times I was taken to places within me that stirred my angst, rage, discontent, and disapproval of how our world has been visioned for us. On the other hand, I was also brought to tears of hope and happiness at the level of passion that we all have for our communities, families, and world around us. It takes courage, conviction, and a multitude of experiences to come and stand our ground and say what we feel to large audiences. So to the panelists, filmmakers, and communities represented today—I hold my hands up to you. You fill my cup with hope for the future. When I go to sleep tonight I will stand on the earth with my feet firmly planted on the ground, knowing I did what I could today to help make our world a better place, and say a prayer for all of you who were present and share that assertion in that we all did the same. To the filmmakers, keep showing us that this corrupted vision of the world around us will not be handed over to tricksters so easily. Be the image makers—all of us. Hey’ch’ke ey’siem.
— Brandon Gabriel, KPU Alumnus, Kwantlen First Nation, and KDocs Panelist, 2015 and 2016
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