My Friend Michael Jones

Recent Short film award winner at Maoriland International film festival 

Year: 2018
Director: Ian Leaupepe, Samson Rambo
Duration: 15 minutes
Language: English, Samoan
Nation: Samoa

MJ is the ridicule of his high school peers. His obsessive-compulsive need to avoid cracks in the pavement and finger-tap doorframes before entering make him a target for relentless bullying. Chief among his tormentors is Selena. When MJ discovers a secret that threatens Selena’s standing within her devout Samoan family and popular school clique, the two teenagers form an unlikely bond through a shared passion for music and dance. When a series of events reveals Selena’s true persona to the entire school, MJ must try and overcome his own affliction to stand up for his new friend.

Gravedigger of Kapu


Year: 2018

Director: Libby Hakaraia

Duration: 16 minutes

Language: English, Māori

Nation: Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Kapumanawāwhiti

The last gravedigger in a Māori community struggles to find a younger man to whom he can pass on his skills and knowledge. When he meets a seemingly ideal candidate, the younger man must rise not only to the physical, but also the spiritual and emotional challenges. To be a gravedigger means accepting deep responsibilities.


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SHOT AWAKE – The Making of Changlangshu’s  New Logdrum

After a gap of fifty seven years, the Konyak village of Changlangshu decided to cut and carve out a new logdrum for themselves. Although preparations for the task started in 1999, it was only in 2013 when they could host the grand event of acquiring their new logdrum. The film uses live footage of the logdrum making process, interviews of key persons and photographs of the event to document the story of how a Naga tradition long abandoned came to life through the sheer faith and hard work of a people who believed they could make it.

The making of the logdrum was filmed and photographed by Sangti Wanmai and Angke Konyak, written and narrated by Anungla Zoe Longkumer and edited by Megotsolie Dolie, Anungla Zoe Longkumer and Menang Jamir.  The film has been produced by Moba Langfhoang from Changlangshu village, Mon district, Nagaland.

Documentary Film.  Duration: 26 minutes


The Kalinga Nagar Chronicles: Waiting for Justice

A series of videos chronicling the decades old struggle of the Adivasi people of Kalinga Nagar in Odisha against forceful eviction by more than a dozen steel companies. In the wake of India's liberalisation of the economy in the mid 90s, the Adivasi region of Sukinda in Odisha was designated to be the steel hub of India and names the Kalinga Nagar Industrial Estate. Sukinda is one of the world's biggest chromite deposit and was declared to be one of the ten most polluted places in the world by a US based organisation. The land of the indigenous people was forcefully acquired by the Govt. to create Kalinga Nagar and then sold to steel manufacturers like Tata, Jindal, MESCO, etc. On the 2nd of January 2006 a horrific massacre took place claiming 14 Adivasi lives including women and children when they opposed the construction of Tata's factory on their land. The video series features testimonies of indigenous leaders and activists of Kalinga Nagar describing their struggle for justice.

Duration: 30 Min

An Appeal from Sipasarubali

A short video depicting the valiant efforts of an indigenous community in coastal Odisha, who are resisting a tourism project that threatens to wipe out the community's forest.

Duration: 10 Min

An Appeal from the Dongria Kondh by Madan Jakesika

Madan Jakasika is the first generation of Graduate from the Dongria Kondh community. He is a student of Chemistry and a volunteer with Video Republic and the Niyamgiri Resource Centre.

Duration: 10 Min


Onickakw ! (Wake up!)

Miaskom Sipi, means "flow of two rivers". He is originally from Manawan, a community of the Atikamekw-Nehirowisiw nation. Above all, Sipi is a pow-wow dancer and an activist for the First Nations. In particular, he was the spokesperson of the First Nations Youth Network for two years. It is very important for Sipi to get involved in his community and, according to him, the transmission of traditional knowledge is a key to the preservation of Native's American identity as well as to defend themselves more efficiently against the colonial culture. Sipi studied Political Science and he is now a member of the Atikamekw Council of Manawan

Duration: 00:05:27



Claudia Ottawa is a young filmmaker from the community of Manawan. Her life has changed completely since her encounter with the Wapikoni Mobile. In 2008, she directed her first film Alone in the abyss. Then, she continued with I saw the sea (2009), a short film that addresses alcoholic problems in her community and Kokominokw ki witamakonohok (Our Grandmothers’ Legacy) which deals with intergenerational relations and cultural heritage.

Duration: 0:02:30


Vivir con la tierra (Living with the Land)

Born in the Pintupe community, in the comarca Kuna de Madungandi, Analicia lived in Panama city up to the age of 16. In 2015, she collaborated for the first time with Wapikoni. Although she spent her youth in the Panama capital, she now lives within the community, with many members of her family. Analicia is passionate about the Kuna tradition, music and culture as well as those of the new places she discovers or plans to visit.

Duration: 0:07:01



Haylee is a Anishnabe from Barriere Lake. She likes to go hunting with her grandfather and is passionnate about her culture. An activist, she is becoming a young spokesperson for her people. She delivered an impacting speech on Parliament Hill in defense of her people's rights.

Duration: 0:03:30


Nous somme (We are)

Kevin Papatie is from Kitcisakik, an Algonquin community located in the Abitibi region of Quebec (Canada). He has participated in Wapikoni's projects since the beginning and has directed 12 short films. His film Wabak (2006), won the award for Best Experimental Film at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival 2007 and the price of Young Hope Mainfilm at the Peoples' Festival 2007. The Amendment (2008) was presented in the first part of the film Dark Ages directed by Denys Arcand, in 120 theaters in Quebec and won the best Film Award in his native language at the Festival ImagineNative 2008.

Duration: 0:03:12


Craig Commanda

Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist from Kitigan Zibi, Craig Commanda works through the moving image, poetry, music and sound composition. A practice unfolding over a decade, his creative process has enabled community engagement and travel across Turtle Island and beyond. Craig has participated in many international artist residencies including (Re)Claim + Diverse is this Land at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, cultural exchange residencies in Aotearoa - New Zealand as well as in Haïti in collaboration with Lojiq. His work has been screened in festivals including Asinabka (unceded Algonquin territory - Ottawa, Cnd), ImagiNATIVE (Toronto, Cnd), Kurzfilmtage (Winterthur, Switzerland), Maoriland (Otaki, NZ), and Wairoa Maori film festival (Nuhaka, NZ). Craig is a current student studying Film Production at Concordia and is an advocate for mental wellness and suicide prevention. His practice seeks resurgence contributing to cultural preservation and revitalization for and by Indigenous peoples. He is currently based in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.


Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush

is a filmmaker and Innu artist from Nutashkuan. In 2009, she received the Best Short Film Award at the imagiNATIVE Festival in Toronto. She is the first Aboriginal woman to graduate from INIS of Montreal. In 2017, she participated in an exhibition collective at the Museum of Fine Arts entitled Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan and produced four short videos for the campaign #MaCultureAutochtone / #MyIndigenousCulture.

Mali Umai

is an annual ritual done by the Dayak Iban tribe, it is done after they have finished Nugal (planting the seeds of the paddy), a form of traditional pest control, in the ritual they carve out Agums (statues) from sacred trees to put in their fields, and then they ask their ancestors to protect their fields and crops from pests and other things that may harm their harvest.


Synopsis: She cooks, she cleans, she works in the fields, she works in the forest. Her responsibilities never end. Dibi Durga is the story of every woman in rural India.

Duration: 6 min

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Director: Niranjan Kumar Kujur

Hailing from Jharkhand, India Niranjan Kumar Kujur is a graduate in Direction and Screenplay Writing from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. He is now a practicing filmmaker, making shorts and documentaries about tribals in Jharkhand and around. His short films have won him many accolades from both state and central governments.