WAPIKONI ON WHEELS
IS BACK FOR A SECOND YEAR
Starting June 26, Wapikoni’s Cinema on Wheels caravan will be touring for a second consecutive year, the Maritimes and Quebec roads. Again this year, Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences will get to see a new selection of award-winning shorts that travelled and were screened at the best national and international festivals (Sundance, the Cannes Film Market, the Montreal International Documentary Festival and TIFF). The selected films were all directed by emerging filmmakers from Canada’s Indigenous communities and produced by Wapikoni Mobile.
Starting in the Maritimes and heading west, the caravan will start its tour in Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, New Brunswick, before heading to Nova Scotia (around July 9) and Prince Edward Island (around July 30). It will then cross to New Brunswick towards Quebec where it should arrive around mid-August.
The selection of works, with their intriguing stories and cared images (both photographic and animated), is aimed at discovering dynamic Indigenous voices, unique point of views as well as incredible talents stemming straight from indigenous communities. This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Wapikoni’s Cinema on Wheels offers three distinct one-hour programs: General Public, Teens and Youth (7-12). Discover the talent of emerging young Indigenous filmmakers, learn about different Indigenous cultures and engage in enriching discussions with the Inuit projectionist animators Jocelyn Piirainen and Geronimo Inutiq.
"I am thrilled to see our Cinema on Wheels hit the roads again this year. The screening caravan is a powerful outreach tool, but also a space that promotes exchange and dialogue between Nations and Peoples. Wapikoni’s shorts travel and meet new audiences, thus allowing for an improved accessibility of talents, the creation of bridges between cultures and the promotion of our cultural pride.” -- Odile Joannette, Executive Director of Wapikoni Mobile, member of the Pessamit Innu First Nation.
We are currently accepting bookings and suggested screening events. We constantly update our touring calendar. Please do not hesitate to contact Geronimo Inutiq at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a possible screening.
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING SCREENINGS
- August 24, 1 pm: Mashteuiatsh (Kamishkak'Arts, 55 rue, Mahikan, Mashteuiatsh)
- August 25, 8 pm: Saguenay (Zone portuaire de Chicoutimi)
- August 27, 8:30 pm: Pessamit (Soccer field, 2, rue Kepetaken, Pessamit)
- August 28, 8 pm : Essipit (Centre culturel Manakashun, Essipit, 1, rue du Quai, Essipit)
- August 30, 9 pm: Nation huronne-wendat - Wendake (Musée huron-wendat, 15, Place de la rencontre, Wendake, Quebec)
- August 31, noon & 6pm: Québec, KWE À la rencontre des peuples autochtones (Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale)
- September 4, 5 to 8 pm: Wôlinak (Bibliothèque Maskwa, 10 125 A, Rue Kolipaïo, Wôlinak, Quebec)
- September 5m, from 11 am: Odanak (Musée des Abénakis, 108 Rue Waban-Aki, Odanak)
- September 6, 5 pm: Festival des Contes Maltés (Église de Val David, 2494, rue de l'Église, Val-David, Quebec)
- September 7, 6opm: Kitigan Zibi (54 Makwa Mikan, Maniwaki, Quebec)
- September 10 (time TBD) : Centre d'amitié autochtone de Val-d'Or, Quebec
- September 11, 6 pm: Lac-Simon, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec (Salle communautaire)
- Septembre 13 (time TBD): Corporation de la Maison Dumulon (191 ave du Lac, Ville de Rouyn-Noranda)
“We believe in the power of film to affect change. That’s why a program like Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels is so important. It helps
About Wapikoni Mobile
Wapikoni Mobile is a travelling audiovisual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous youth. Since 2004, Wapikoni has visited 28 nations and accompanied thousands of participants who worked to direct over 1,000 short films translated into several languages. These films have received 160 awards and honours at national and international festivals and events. Wapikoni Mobile became an official UNESCO partner in 2017.
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Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. They champion and invest in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2016-17 they allocated $196.8 million towards artistic creation and innovation through grants, prizes and payments. They also conduct research, convene activities and work with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. They are responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.