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Five Wapikoni Shorts at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science


Wapikoni mobile is proud to announce that five of its shorts will be screening on April 12, at 6:30 pm at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. They were chosen to be part of the Special Program: Our Children, Our Future.

"The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to partner with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission to present Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, a monthly indigenous film series."

In April, the curators chose five Wapikoni shorts from filmmakers from all over Canada to represent this month's theme: children as hope for the future.

Here is the list of the films that will screen:

- "Le Lac Abitibi (Lake Abitibi)" - Algonquin director Mélanie Kistabish traces the history of Lake Abitibi, a traditional gathering place for her people, now abandoned. Her search for a forgotten past reveals the efforts of political and religious authorities to “civilize” the Algonquin and other First Nations peoples of Canada, and the resulting disruption to their traditional lifeways, culture and identity. (Wapikoni Mobile, 2006, 15 min.)

- "The Amendment" - In this experimental documentary, director Kevin Papatie (Algonquin) explores the boarding school experience and its impact on language in the northern Quebec First Nations community of Kitcisakik. (Wapikoni Mobile, 2007, 4 min.).

- "The Weight", directed by Craig Commanda, Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi (2014, 4 min.), and "Lost", directed by Allison Coon-Come, Cree from Mistissini (2010, 3 min.). Two short films from Wapikoni Mobile present youth perspectives on struggling with depression and sadness.

- "Ways of Yesterday", directed by Elliott M. Simon (Wikwemikong). Through rap and break dance, two young men, Elliott and Curtis, send a message to kids to connect to their traditions and follow a positive path to their dreams for the future. (Wapikoni Mobile, 2014, 6 min.).

Following the films, First Nations activist Elicia Goodsoldier will present a talk on understanding historical trauma and lead audience Q&A.