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Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush in Guatemala

In August 2017, Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, a Wapikoni filmmaker, was invited by the Ambassy of Canada in Guatemala to screen her work and represent Canada at the Art as a Mode of Expression for Indigenous Peoples Forum that showcased the work of five artists from three countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Canada.

She screened her short film "Nika tshika uiten mishkut (Do Not Tell)" at the Canadian Embassy before a few dozen guests. This screening was followed by a Q&A with Jani who discussed her work as well as Canada's Indigenous cultures. It was followed by a celebration at the Embassy of Mexico where the five guest artists introduced their work to the 85 guests in attendance. The following day, over 300 youth got the chance to watch Jani's short film when she went to two schools.

Jani's audiovisual career started in 2009 with the Wapikoni. She caught the film bug and decided to pursue her education at INIS in Montreal. Now 32, she is studying screenwriting at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Her short film "Nika tshika uiten mishkut (Do Not Tell)" was selected for RIDM's official competition, took part in the Regard sur le court métrage festival in Saguenay and won the Best Short Documentary Award at the 2010 ImagineNATIVE festival.