The 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival takes place on screens around Vancouver from May 4-14. Here are five films we think you should not miss:

1The Road Forward

Marie Clements’ musical documentary The Road Forward (May 4 & 10) is simultaneously a piece of British Columbia First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism.

2Complicit

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Many of us would be lost without our smartphones, but the construction of such devices can have horrific health effects on the people who actually make them. Complicit (May 6 & 14) shines a light on the dark irony of the global electronic manufacturing industry in China, where the vast majority of the world’s consumer electronics, including cell phones are produced.

3Vancouver: No Fixed Address

There is no topic that unites Vancouverites quite like housing. Everyone has an opinion, and they want to share it. Charles Wilkinson’s new film Vancouver: No Fixed Address (May 6) tackles the subject from a multiplicity of perspectives.

4The Caretakers

In 2014, activists ascended Burnaby Mountain to make a camp on the future route of the proposed pipeline. In The Caretakers (May 7 & 8) filmmaker David Goldberg captures the resolve of protesters willing to do what ever it took to prevent the project from going forward.

5City Voices: Shorts Program

A scene from You’re Already in the Band (You Just Don’t Know It Yet) playing as part of City Voices: Shorts Program

From a surreal trip on Skytrain to poetry on the Downtown Eastside, The City Voices: Shorts Program (May 9 & 10) takes us on an eclectic ride through the neighbourhoods of Vancouver, as we meet some of its amazing residents.