As part of its 2019 tour, Wapikoni’s Cinema on Wheels will make a stop at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario. Members of the public are invited to the museum on August 29 at 7:30 pm for a free screening of a one-hour showcase of Indigenous short films and a Q&A session with filmmaker Keith Whiteduck.

In its third year, the Cinema on Wheels tour started in Manitoba and is making its way back east to Ontario and Quebec, offering screenings of Indigenous cinema in various cities and Indigenous communities.

“Cinema on Wheels is an opportunity to strengthen Indigenous voices and create relationships among communities, while sharing a unique heritage with diverse audiences,” says Julia Dubé, Cinema on Wheels Coordinator at Wapikoni. “As we are also celebrating the United Nation’s International year of Indigenous Languages, we also included certain movies that were filmed in different Indigenous languages, with of course, accompanying subtitles,” she added.

At The Canadian Canoe Museum, doors will open at 7:30 pm and the screening will begin at 8 pm. As part of the evening, Algonquin filmmaker Keith Whiteduck, from Kitigan Zibi, will share his experience filming Commanduck. The Cinema on Wheels touring hosts Evan Kuakuapishish Launière and Mathilde Benignus will facilitate the session.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Wapikoni’s Cinema on Wheels to the museum, and to have the opportunity to share such diverse, award-winning work of so many young, Indigenous filmmakers locally,” says Karen Taylor, Director of Public Programs, adding all are invited and welcome to attend this event. Museum admission is free beginning at 5 pm on Thursday evenings.

Wapikoni’s Cinema on Wheels is supported by Canadian Art Council and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and allows Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences to enjoy a new selection of award-winning shorts that have travelled for screenings at some of the best national and international festivals. The selected films, directed by emerging Indigenous filmmakers from Canada’s Indigenous communities, share many stories that highlight and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous cultures today.

About Wapikoni Mobile: Wapikoni Mobile is a mobile intervention, training and creative studio for Indigenous youth. Its mission is to amplify the voices of the Indigenous generation through film and music, to broadcast their work in Canada and abroad, and to act as a tool for professional development and social transformation.