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Free tickets to five DOXA films for Tyee Builders!

We just drew five random names from our list of over 1,600 Tyee Builders.

Each of these fabulous supporters of independent Canadian journalism will get a pair of tickets to one of the following documentary films screening soon at DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

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Here's the list of films the lucky Tyee Builders will be watching:

The Case Against 8

Ben Cotner and Ryan White | USA | 2014

Description: When the same-sex marriage law was struck down by Proposition 8, men and women who had been wed in the State of California suddenly found their status rendered null and void. They didn't just get angry, they got busy, mobilizing a legal dream team that pulled from both the right and the left political parties, namely conservative Ted Olson and his liberal counterpart, David Boies, who had previously been on opposite sides of the Bush v. Gore case. The only way to win the fight was with a perfect defense team, but also perfect plaintiffs. Enter Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a lesbian couple from Berkeley with four sons; and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo from Burbank. Two couples more adamant and passionate would be hard to find. The fact that they are all sweet, lovely, and adorable is just icing on the cake. More...


Mika Mattila | Finland | 2013

China is a country at a critical juncture. On one hand, it has a rich culture rooted in millennia of history. On the other, it stands poised to become one of the largest economic superpowers in the world. Chimeras renders the conflict between old and new China through the stories of two contemporary artists: internationally celebrated painter and pop-conceptualist Wang Guangyi, and photographer Liu Gang, a promising new arrival on the arts scene. More...

Little Proletarian

Shen Jie | China | 2013

A Rebel Without a Cause for a new generation, and one of the most defiant children to ever grace the big screen, 14-year-old Hai is a teenage terror, a high school dropout and an all-around badass. He is also entirely irresistible. You cannot take your eyes off this kid, complete with a motorbike and an everpresent cigarette butt drooping from the corner of his mouth.

While Hai and his gang of bad boys, and even worse girls, carry on like there is no such thing as tomorrow, enormous social and cultural change is moving contemporary China into the globalized era. More...

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Dayna Goldfine and Daniel Geller | USA | 2013 |

Please Note: You must be 19+ to attend this screening.

"Hitchcock meets Darwin" in this dark murder mystery set on the Galapagos Islands. When a German doctor and devoted follower of Nietzsche, named Friedrich Ritter, runs off with a former patient named Dore, the lovers want to get as far away from people as possible. In 1929, the Galapagos Islands were pretty much the end of the earth, so naturally Friedrich and Dore set up a homestead there. As they recount their adventures to their relatives back home in letters, the press gets wind of their story, and the runaway lovers become a media sensation. Before long, other folk arrive, eager to partake of this utopian existence, much to the dismay of the Island's sole inhabitants.

When the Wittmers (a couple and their teenage son) settle on the other side of the island, the group manages to peacefully coexist for a time. But the Island idyll comes to an abrupt end, with the arrival of a wild and bizarrely sexy baroness and her two male lovers. The Baroness's monstrous personality and imperious manner spell trouble, and before long all holy hell breaks loose. By the end of the story three people are dead and two others mysteriously missing. More...

To Be Takei

Jennifer M. Kroot | USA | 2014

George Takei started his career in film and television more than five decades ago, but he is still most familiar as Mr. Sulu, the helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. Over the course of his career, George has been variously an actor, a politician, and an activist, but never has he been more fully himself than right now. The decision to come out as a gay man, in active support of same-sex marriage, launched him into the public eye in a whole new way. Possessed of deliciously wicked wit, as his more than 6 million followers on social media will attest, George Takei has reinvented the very idea of celebrity. In his 76th year, he has become an Internet meme! More...

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