During a two-week intensive summer course, filmmakers Elisa Chee, Doreen Manuel, Jackson Crick, Kamala Todd, Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, Rupinder Sidhu, and Ying Wang mentored three immigrant-Canadian and two Aboriginal-Canadian youth. These five students took part in an intensive digital filmmaking course from August 8-19, 2011 at the Pull Focus Film School in Vancouver. Students were taken through the steps of making a digital film from story idea and shooting to post-production.
The goal was to build increased understanding and strengthened relations between Aboriginal and immigrant/non-Aboriginal communities. This initiative brought the lives and concerns of new immigrant and Aboriginal youth into focus, a groundbreaking collaboration that enabled both groups to learn from each other’s cultures. This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Special thanks to our community partner Cinevolution, and to the Vancouver Dialogues Project for providing craft services.