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Wapikoni Cinema on Wheels returning for second year

Artwork from the 2017 Wapikoni on Wheels tour
Artwork from the 2017 Wapikoni on Wheels tour - Contributed

Keep an eye out for touring caravan

SUMMERSIDE – Wapikoni’s Cinema on Wheels caravan is back for a second season and will tour the Maritimes and Quebec roads in coming weeks.

Like last year, Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences will see a new selection of award-winning short films that travelled and were screened at the national and international festivals like Sundance, the Cannes Film Market, the Montreal International Documentary Festival and Toronto International Film Festival (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 tour adds up to about 40 free screening events.

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 talents stemming straight from indigenous communities. This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

"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,” said Odile Joannette, executive director of Wapikoni Mobile and member of the Pessamit Innu First Nation.

Wapikoni’s Cinema on Wheels offers three distinct one-hour programs: general public, teens and youth ages seven to 12.

Audiences will 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.

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.

New Brunswick
– June 26: Madawaska Maliseet First Nation
– June 27: Tobique First Nation
– July 3: Fredericton

– July 4: Saint Mary's
– July 5: Oromocto First Nation

Nova Scotia
– July 9: Bear River
– July 10: Acadia
– July 16: Millbrook
– July 20: Potlotek First Nation
– July 23: Membertou
– July 25: Eskasoni
– July 27: We'koqma'q First Nation

P.E.I.
– Screenings begin July 30

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