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DOXA: Occupy The Movie – May 7 Matinee

Occupy The Movie is independent, canny, and fiercely intelligent. The larger economic forces that have led to such global financial disparity are laid out in animated sequences, aided by cheerfully caustic commentary from analyst Reggie Middleton. Interviews with Chris Hedges, Cornel West, and Adbuster’s Kalle Lasn, add intellectual heft. But it is ordinary people who describe the personal cost of putting their bodies on the front line that speak the loudest. What emerges is a deeply human portrait of social change, warts and all.  (Canada, 2013, 90 mins)

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Although the Occupy movement grew like lightning all over the globe, it had its origins right here in Vancouver. In a series of sequential chapters, the film lays out the situation that precipitated the birth of Occupy, everything from the greed-maddened frenzy of Wall Street, to the plague of home foreclosures, and the apparent collusion of the American government and big business, that resulted in a 700 billion dollar bailout for American banks. Even as mainstream media decried Occupy for its vagueness of purpose, the real forces of money and power moved in: ferocious midnight police raids and other tactics that were aimed at breaking the movement at its source.

“While “Occupy the Movie” is undeniably sympathetic to the movement it examines, Ogilvie wisely maintains a neutral stance, letting individuals rather than the pic itself convey the fervor…”(Variety)

The film starts at 1230 pm. This screening is followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker and Suresh Fernando, a local activist who left a high-paying career in finance to work as a change agent and social innovator.

Tickets, $8, buy here (I strongly suggest buying ahead as this show may sell out):

DOXA Page about the film:

This film is part of the DOXA (Documentary Film) Festival’s Y for Youth series, which means school-aged students may attend the show. No membership is required.

In his career, Filmmaker/Director Corey Ogilvie has interviewed prominent world figures including Barack Obama, Hans Blix, Owen Wilson, Kobe Bryant, Ron Howard, Rex Weyler and more. Themes of activism and social change dominate his work. Many describe Corey’s comprehensive style as minimalist, placing emphasis on narrative concision and emotive rhythm.

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  • Karen K

    I enjoyed the mix of expert & Occupy "leader" interviews, NY footage, cartoon explanations. Good summary of the multiple contributors to the financial meltdown & triggers to the Occupy response. I also liked the film's exploration of what makes a movement successful. Great Q & A w the filmmakers & local activist after.

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was impressed by the film but saddened by the small turnout. Did enjoy post-film coffee...

    May 7, 2013

  • Paul M. B.

    Sold out maybe another day.

    May 6, 2013

    • Karen K

      Hi Paul - I went to a film today that also had all the advance tix sold out - but there were still lots of rush tix at the door. So if you arrive before noon I think you'd have a good chance to get in.

      May 6, 2013

  • Karen K

    Hi everyone, if you haven't got your ticket yet, note that advance tix sold out today, but there will be some rush tix at the door, arrive early. As planned, meet me inside at the theatre café before 1215, then afterwards in the same place - we will walk over to JJ Bean on Davie to chat. Look forward to meeting u & learning more about the Occupy movement... :)

    May 6, 2013

  • Jason M.

    Sorry, didn't notice it was at noon on a work day!

    April 28, 2013

    • Karen K

      Hmm, Jason I think it's the perfect time to use up half a vacation day... :)

      April 29, 2013

  • Shannon

    The occupy movement is not for me, which also means unfortunately that neither is any movie associated with it. I hope you enjoy it.

    April 29, 2013

    • Karen K

      I feel the same way about Occupy, Shannon. I hope this movie w the analysts interviews will provide a well-rounded coverage. I'll report back!

      April 29, 2013

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