Wapikoni Mobile is launching a video on demand service initially offering the renting or downloading of several short films directed in indigenous communities and the Totam Productions documentary The Indians, the Eagle and the Turkey directed by Karine van Ameringen and Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier. This medium-length film tells the story of Samian, Melissa Mollen Dupuis, Marie-Pier Ottawa, Kevin and Raymond Papatie Caplin, five young people who redefine what it means to be an ''Indian'' today and claim the medium of creation to build a new image of themselves, amidst tradition and modernity.
The Wapikoni has long sought independent financing avenues in order to assure a part of its activities. The VOD is one of the means implemented. The own-source revenues generated by this service will be used to finance audiovisual training workshops in indigenous communities.
Practically all Wapikoni's films, however, remain free and accessible on the organization's Web site. "The films that are on the VOD are exceptional films, selected for their international course in prestigious festivals. So you have access to impactful primeurs that reflect the current indigenous perspectives!" said Christian Morissette, Head of Distribution and Market Development at Wapikoni.