Take two: KDocs is back with two-day documentary film festival

Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – KDocs is back with its second annual film festival, and a reel of provocative, timely and critically acclaimed documentaries.

Hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in partnership with the Vancouver International Film Centre, KDocs will bring guests two days of education, engagement and entertainment with six thrilling films, director Q&As and panel discussions.

“Our 2016 festival is twice as big as last year, and twice as compelling,” said KDocs festival director Janice Morris, also an English instructor at KPU.

“The six films we’ll be showcasing highlight six incredibly timely topics. Our hope is that each will springboard into discussions and action around these issues – whether environmental, economic or social. We really are a global society, and this year’s festival will not only showcase that, but will hopefully show how issues that directly affect others truly affect all of us as global citizens.”

Whether it’s the militarization of police forces, an ongoing history labour exploitation or a social exploration of what constitutes “masculinity,” KDocs will offer an exciting lineup of excellent documentaries Feb. 19 and 20, with: Drone, The Mask You Live In, Peace Officer, Food Chain$, Ivory Tower and Fractured Land.

“We are very pleased to build on the success of last year's VIFF and KDocs partnership, and trust that audiences from both the academic sphere and the general public will appreciate this chance to engage, connect and, perhaps, reflect on how the cinematic space can deepen and enrich the experience of watching a film. Especially so when we are talking about documentary, which by definition grapples with the world at large,” added Tom Charity, Vancouver International Film Centre programmer. “As always, we’re excited about the possibilities inherent in our partnership with KPU and KDocs.”

Last year, the KDocs film festival screened Honor Diaries, Do the Math and A Dangerous Game. Over 300 guests attended the thought-provoking films, accompanied by director Q&As and panel discussions.

This year’s event will again be hosted at the Vancouver International Film Centre and Vancity Theatre, and is open to the general public. For a nominal fee, guests will have access to the six films and all festival activities, which include meals and snacks. For trailers, details and registration information, visit kdocsff.com, or follow KDocs on Facebook and Twitter.

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