On December 3rd, Airstrip, by the young Anishnabe director Haylee Nottaway, from Kitigan Zibi, won the 100th award of the Wapikoni at Plural + Festival, held by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
A few days earlier, Mirada de mujer, a short film directed in Peru by Rosa Maria Sulca Pomahuacre during a workshop given by the Wapikoni, Chirapaq and Oxfam-Québec, won the 99th award in the Native Women Rights category of the Ficwallmapu festival, the largest Indigenous festival in South America.
The Wapikoni intervention workshops, which focus on training and audiovisual creation, have involved thousands of indigenous youth in the making of 850 short films that aim to break isolation, generate identity pride and leadership among First Nations youth.
"And that’s what the Wapikoni Mobile is. That’s where we make our films, so we can show the art that is in us. "Marie-Pier Ottawa Atikamekw filmmaker.