Bridges through sights and sounds


Wapikoni mobile continues in its mission to fight isolation, and to raise awareness of the richness of aboriginal people's culture.

After more than 10 years on the road, Wapikoni mobile headed in a new direction by  launching the first When Cinema Builds Bridges symposium, held during the Montréal First Peoples Festival.

From July 30 to August 2, the symposium featured film screenings and meetings with filmmakers, as well as various workshops and panel discussions on audiovisual production and issues related to Aboriginal cinema.

Wapikoni mobile, a roving studio set up inside a large recreational vehicle, has roamed the highways and byways of Québec in order to go and meet young First Nations people and  help them learn how to produce short films and music.

It gets its name from Wapikoni Awashish, a young Atikamekw woman who greatly inspired director Manon Barbeau, the instigator of the program. Since its founding, over 21 communities from 8 different nations have had the experience of working with Wapikoni mobile. The organization continues in its mission to fight isolation while promoting and raising awareness of the richness of Aboriginal peoples’ culture.

This first such symposium culminated in the creation of the International Network for  Aboriginal Audiovisual Creation (RICAA), which will enable exchanges between partners and wider distribution of works.