Indige­nous films to be screened

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION -

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.

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