The 18th Annual Vox Popular Media Arts Festival took place from Sept. 8-11
The event was held at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The festival will featured films of all genres from Northwestern Ontario, Canada and Internationally. There was concerts, performance art, and a visual art exhibition, a workshop, Q&As and discussions with the artists to share knowledge, ideas, and experiences.
Select films and performances are available online Sept. 12-16th for accessibility and for all who were unable to make it to the in-person screenings only on ResearchTV!
Our festival is a Not-For-Profit.
Donations & Sales go towards funding our 2023 festival.
Wherever You Are, Wherever I Am
Directed by Kay Chan
The film follows two Metis-Chinese people as they ceremoniously work together on hide-tanning; while their surroundings change between industrial and natural landscapes. The film poetically stitches together connections to spirituality, multiculturalism, and honoring ancestors of the past, present and future. Wherever You Are, Wherever I Am is a reminder of belonging, no matter the space that you are in
Directed by Jack Güler
At the end of the 19th century wrestling was not only the most popular sports but also one of the biggest events in show business. Legendary wrestlers like Hackenschmidt, Sabes, Sandow, Gotch fought for the title of ‘the strongest man in the world’. But there was a mysterious one whose name still instills fear. This is the story of a man who is the embodiment of power and always considered as a myth. A wrestler who hit the opponents to the ground just in 4 seconds. A champion who has never been defeated in his life… This is the unbelievable true story of Youssouf Ishmaelo who became The Terrible Turk!
Directed by Sam Wood
Sam was 23 when he found an old photo album belonging to his father with photos taken of him at the exact same age. In the interview about the photo album that followed, Sam and his father discuss family history and their personal differences. This serves as a launching point to investigate larger themes of memory: what is preserved in our histories, what is discarded, and how complicated ‘memories’ really are.
Director: Abel Brown
Only follows Lucy Porter (Stephanie Meredith), a British civilian carrying for her ailing father in the countryside during the Blitz of World War Two. When her father, Edward Porter (Dennis Dubinski) discovers an RAF pilot unconscious in the river, she faces a choice, either send for help and risk her father due to conscription or let the pilot die. In the end, someone must serve.
Director: Navid Nikkhah Azad (نوید نیکخواه آزاد)
17-year-old Sahar is determined to watch her favorite soccer team play for the league championship. Barred from attending sports events as a woman, Sahar disguises herself as a boy with the help of her friends. Things take a tragic turn when Sahar’s disguise is uncovered