Aanii Boozhoo! This is our last week in Wiky before our participants present their films to the community. They are still working assiduously on post-production, and learning quite a few tricks of the trade along the way. We are very impressed with their level of involvement, at every step of the long and sometime tedious process of making a film. So what’s on the menu for Thursday’s screening of Wapikoni films?
First, we have Daniel’s film, M’tik Woop (Stick and String), about archery. He and his comrade Harvey provided us with amazing footage of their skill shots, but most importantly it’s their wit, wisdom and sense of humor that make for a great film.
We also have Brandon and Malakai who are almost done with their slideshow film Bike 4 Life, Part II. The short film showcases the two bikers’ jumps and tricks, and their plea for more secure venues for dirt bikers.
Curtis is also close to finishing his film on breakdancing. He and his daughter Arcadia came in for camera training one day, and from then on they pretty much soloed their way to a beautifully shot and tightly edited short film. Needless to say we were impressed, and so will you!
We are also proud to announce Leo’s first film with Wapikoni, an exposé about the Lands department’s mission to identify and secure the oil wells that were left around the island by careless companies. This film is important as it should raise awareness on these serious environmental issues, with the intention of maybe inspiring other communities to take on similar initiatives to protect their land.
Our next film is Debbie’s second project with the Wapikoni, called Mishkiki Miikaaning (Medicine Path). She directed a beautiful, artistic piece on the medicinal herbs and the wisdom and precious knowledge of her dad Peter. We are very proud of Debbie and the progress she’s made as a filmmaker!
And last but not least, we will be presenting the film Unceded, an original idea by Ogimaa (Chief) Duke Peltier, directed by local historian Naomi Recollet. Through fascinating interviews and precious archival imagery, Naomi explains to us what is the meaning of being “unceded”, and how the wampum belts solemnize the promise that the Anishnabek people will always be the guardians of Wikwemikong. Naomi worked countless hours gathering the information and piecing the footage together, well assisted by Duke throughout the process. The result is a powerful film that will certainly travel long and far. We are honored that Duke and Naomi have trusted Wapikoni to assist them in this important endeavour.
All these gems will be shared to the public on Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 PM at the Wikwemikong Arena. Free admittance!