As part of Wapikoni Mobile’s first-ever coast-to-coast tour, Wapikoni: Cinema on Wheels will be stopping in various cities and communities across the Maritimes to bring a selection of award-winning short films with compelling stories and visuals directed by Indigenous youth from Eastern Canada to the Indigenous and non-Indigenous public across the country, hoping to help bridge the gap between cultures. The tour will be hit PEI October 16–20 at select locations.
Cinema on Wheels offers three distinct programs of shorts films that were selected in prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Montreal International Documentary Festival, and the Cannes Film Market. The programs include: the general public (14 shorts); the teen (10 shorts); and the youth 7-12 (8 shorts).
Witness a new generation of talented young Indigenous filmmakers learn about other cultures and participate in a discussion about Indigenous films and realities with our Inuit projectionists-facilitators. The choice of these works, with their unique stories, is aimed at discovering dynamic Indigenous voices and talents coming straight from the communities. The Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels tour is part of "Wapikoni From Coast to Coast: Reconciliation Through the Media Arts," a project under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and supported by the Government of Canada.
Upcoming events: October 16, 7 pm, Eptek Art & Culture Centre (130 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside); October 17, 7 pm, Lennox Island (327 Sweetgrass Trail); October 18, 10:30 am, Mi'kmaq Family Resource Centre (158 St Peters Rd, Charlottetown); October 19, 7 pm, Beaconsfield Carriage House (2 Kent St, Charlottetown); and October 20, 7 pm, Abegweit Wellness Centre (81 Gluscap Drive, Scotchfort).
"One of Wapikoni’s most cherished dreams has come true: Making the voices of Indigenous youth with whom we’ve been working for over 13 years echo throughout Canada, establishing a dialogue between communities of all origins through their films. These works are a unique part of Indigenous cultural heritage," says Manon Barbeau, Executive Director of Wapikoni.
“Through the project “Wapikoni from Coast to Coast: Building Bridges and Reconciliation through Media Arts,” young Indigenous Canadians will have the opportunity to be heard and to exchange ideas. The audiovisual and musical creative workshops will give young creators the chance to express themselves, and the resulting works will be presented in several communities across the country. Let’s take advantage of the 150th anniversary of Confederation to have a positive dialogue and to strengthen relations between us all,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.