Doxita: All in a Day’s Work
Labor is an inevitable part of our lives. For some it’s an enjoyable and fulfilling endeavor, for others a difficult and unpleasant necessity. While not romanticizing this fact of life, it is possible to find beauty in the routines that people perform. These filmmakers have crafted beautiful, and sometimes humorous, portraits of their subjects’ daily work.
China’s Wild West (UK, Urszula Pontikos, 10 min.)
An observational and austere look at a group of miners in Western China who chip away at a dry riverbed, hoping to discover jade.
Breadmakers (UK, Yasmin Fedda, 11 min.)
A tender portrait of a unique community of workers with disabilities who work together to produce organic breads for delivery in Edinburgh.
Wood (USA, David Fenster, 21 min.)
Beautifully shot images of a Northwest logging company and stories from its employees form this elegy to a rapidly disappearing type of job that includes pride in work, generational history and physical labor.
Shika Shika (USA, Stephen Hyde, 10 min.)
Filmed in the Peruvian Andes, this spirited film follows one family that for three generations has scaled the Peruvian Andes to “harvest” ice for shika shika, a colorful shaved ice treat they sell in the market.
The Tailor (Spain, Oscar Perez, 31 min. )
In a small shop in Barcelona, Pakistani tailor Mohamed holds court over mounds of plastic bags containing customer’s clothing.
Seven Doxita documentaries also screen as part of the IFC Center’s “Short Attention Span Cinema,” playing before the theater’s regular features through November:
Aug 28-Sep 10
Yellow Sticky Notes (Canada, Jeff Chiba Sterns, 6 min) Notepad animation.
Ghost in the Material (USA, Kelcey Edwards, 4 min) The art of a San Quentin inmate.
Sep 25-Oct 8
Roz (and Joshua) (USA, Charlene Music, 3 min) A homeless mom fights for her son.
Ik ben Nanda (I’m Nanda) (Netherlands, Nanda Swiersemaa, 1 min) A self-portrait by a young woman with Down Syndrome.
The Searchers (USA, David P. Earle, 3min) Phone calls from forgetful people.
Oct 23-Nov 5
Ali Shan (Canada, Yung Chang, 6 min) A dreamlike voyage to recreate a memory.
Street Life (Bangladesh, Yeasin Rahman Sumon, 1 min.) A boy’s life on the streets.
Currently touring around the US, Doxita will show in Houston, Portland, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Doxita was founded and curated by Karen Cirillo and is presented by Docuphile Media LLC, an organization devoted to supporting the art of documentary film and the people who make it.
Tickets for Doxita are $12.50 Adults/$9.50 for IFC Center members/$8.50 for Seniors and Children.
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