Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels takes snowmobiles
to bring Indigenous shorts to Innu communities
The cross-Canada tour of Indigenous shorts, Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels traded its projection van for snowmobiles in order to reach Québec’s Lower North Shore and bring amazing short films to audiences who rarely get to have screenings in their own village. Innu musician Kathia Rock, Inuk filmmaker Kevin Tikivik, Mario Courtois, the Innu guide from Pourvoirie Nabisipi, and Wapikoni’s head of distribution, Christian Morissette will travel from Nutashkuan to Pakua Shipi on the White Trail, a snowmobile trail that is the only continuous land link between these communities in the winter time. This expedition will thus visit, between February 19 to the 25, several villages that are not connected to the rest of Quebec by road! Each of the 7 screening will be free. Here’s the schedule:
– Kegaska: Tuesday, February 20, 11 am, Kegaska School (open to students and parents);
– Unamen Shipu: Tuesday, February 20, 7 pm, Olamen School (open to all);
– Harrington Harbour: Wednesday, February 21, 2 pm at Harrington Harbour School (parents and students welcomed);
– Chevery: Wednesday, February 21, 7 pm at Netagamiou School (open to all);
– La Tabatière: Thursday, February 22, 7 pm at Mecatina School (open to all);
– Pakua Shipi: Friday, February 23, 3 pm at Maison Aianishkat (open to all);
Wapikoni Mobile is taking advantage of the winter time to travel on the White Trail, which only exists during the cold season to make up for the absence of road, to offer screenings in remote Lower North Shore villages that are scattered over a 400-km-long coast and are only reachable by air or boat from April to January.
“These festive events are an occasion to discover the talent of emerging Indigenous filmmakers. We invite everyone to come out and join us,” stated Christian Morissette, Wapikoni’s head of distribution.
Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels will also stop at Maniteu Makushan (a feast for guests), organized by Pakua Shipi leaders to celebrate Indigenous-Non-Indigenous friendship with their St-Augustin neighbours.
About Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels
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. Close to 130 Indigenous communities, 60 cities and 41 schools from Canada got the chance to discover, in 2017, dynamic Indigenous voices and amazing talents coming out of communities thanks to our 60-minute screenings of Indigenous shorts.