Indigenous films to be screened
A cross-Canada Cinema on Wheels tour is stopping in Windsor next week to screen short films directed by Indigenous youths from Eastern Canada. The project, called Wapikoni from Coast to Coast: Reconciliation Through Media Arts, includes 14 short films created in Wapikoni creative workshops. The tour began in Vancouver earlier this year and will end in November. “Indigenous projects like the Cinema on Wheels tour are important not only to the youth involved, but for communities they visit,” Kathryn Pasquach, Aboriginal outreach coordinator at the University of Windsor, said in a statement. “Creating awareness and opening a dialogue is an important part of reconciliation for Indigenous people.” The tour will stop in 50 cities and 100 Indigenous communities, according to the Wapikoni website. The shorts will be screened in French, English and Indigenous languages. Manon Barbeau, executive director of Wapikoni, said the films are a part of Indigenous cultural heritage. “One of Wapikoni’s most cherished dreams has come true: making the voices of Indigenous youth who we have worked with for over 13 years echo through Canada, establishing a dialogue between communities of all origins through their films,” Barbeau said in a statement. The free event will take place Friday, Aug. 4, in front of the University of Windsor’s CAW Student Centre at 401 Sunset Ave. from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.