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Wapikoni Mobile: Giving First Nations youth a voice through film

logo-wapikoni.pngThis year, the Quebec-based Aboriginal filmmaking project Wapikoni Mobile is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Equipped with a mobile studio, filmmakers live in remote First Nations communities for a month at a time with a singular mission: to get young people inspired and motivated to tell their stories through film, music videos and animation.

Thanks to Wapikoni, over 600 films have now been made--telling stories that otherwise would never be told.

Wapikoni.JPGJeanette spoke to Wapikoni's founder, Manon Barbeau, to get her insight on the trials and tribulations of giving First Nations kids a voice. Then, filmmaking mentor Alexandra Guité and 23-year-old Mi'kmaq filmmaker Raymond Caplin joined her in studio to discuss the life-changing effect the Wapikoni Mobile project has had on their lives.

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Rhymes for Young Ghouls

RFYG_Poster.jpgRhymes for Young Ghouls is a gritty story of a Aila, a 13-yr-old First Nations girl whose brother is dead, mother has committed suicide and father is in jail.

Aila gets involved in the family's drug dealing business while left under the care of an uncle who's a pusher and drunk as well.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls made its premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival. It has been well-received at festivals across the country and won Best Canadian Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Rhymes for Young Ghouls opens in theatres in Quebec in February.

Listen to this conversation with director Jeff Barnaby and actor Kawennahere Devery Jacobs, who plays the role of Aila.

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Anglos blasé about French culture

FRENCHCULTURE.JPGDespite the fact that a majority of Quebec anglophones speak French, English-speakers seem to have little interest in French culture.

As a part of Living English programming, CBC Montreal commissioned a poll which asked anglophones about wide rage of topics, including the consumption of culture.

More than half of Quebec anglophones rarely or NEVER listen to the radio, watch TV, read a newspaper or look at Web sites in French.

So why aren't anglophones interested in the culture around them?

Listen to host Jeanette Kelly's conversation with Voir film critic Manon Dumais, CultMtl culture editor Emily Raine, and Nightlife music writer Olivier Lalande.

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Note: Survey results are based on a telephone survey using a random sample of 1001 Anglophone Quebecers (Anglophone as defined by Statistics Canada Census data), 18-years and older. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.