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DOXA Documentary Film Festival Free Screening

May 7 @ 10:00 am - May 11 @ 1:00 pm
DOXA Documentary Film Festival livestreams Tell Them We Were Here, probing the artistic practices of seven notable Bay Area artists

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Tell Them We Were Here (dir. Keelan Williams and Griff Williams, US, 2020)

The Burnaby Festival of Learning is excited to partner with DOXA Documentary Film Festival to present: Tell Them We Were Here (dir. Keelan Williams and Griff Williams, US, 2020).


San Francisco was arguably the countercultural epicentre of the latter part of the 20th century—a refuge for artists and weirdos, a place where political activism proliferated, a city in which to live and make art free of commercial pressures. Tell Them We Were Here traces the throughline of that history into the 21st century, probing the artistic practices of seven notable Bay Area artists. Each is interested in challenging the transactional value of art, and all seem to be more interested in a life, rather than a career, in the arts. These artists have developed art practices that directly benefit their communities and centre ideas of civic responsibility, social activism and healing divisions of inequality in spite of the Bay Area’s increasingly unequal and unaffordable realities. Featured artists include Sadie Barnette, Amy Franceschini, Jim Goldberg, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alicia McCarthy, Tucker Nichols, Nigel Poor and Michael Swaine.

Tell Them We Were Here is available to stream during the Festival.

This film has been carefully selected, and pays homage to the large number of community-based art events presented at the Festival this year by the incredibly creative folks of Burnaby!

Use this link to stream until May 11th at 10:00pm (or until tickets run out)



1) You UNLOCK NOW, choose student price and there will be a prompt that says do you have a code?

2) Input this code SSEZVYJA6MPY3O5 and apply discount

Presented By

DOXA Documentary Film Festival, now in its 20th year, is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to BC audiences. DOXA is committed to cultivating curiosity and critical thought, fostering a local and independent community interested in non-fiction media, and supporting a better understanding of the world we live in today, in all of its complexity. The 20th annual festival is running from May 6 to 16, 2021. Visit doxafestival.ca for more details.


May 7 @ 10:00 am
May 11 @ 1:00 pm
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