Welcome to Ndinawe
Ndinawe Youth Outrech Centre with Jim Agapito
Program: Youth WITH ART
Medium: Documentary film
Welcome to Ndinawe is a series of seven collaboratively crafted documentary films made by the youth of Ndinawe mentored by filmmaker Jim Agapito. The short films by Gabrielle Fiddler, George Harper, Vaz Shingoose, Matthew Boulette and Daniel Frazier range in subject matter from cooking and music to the challenges of accessing safe housing. They provide a window into the everyday lives of the youth who access drop in services at Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre.
The sometimes-silly and sometimes-poignant films were created through the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Youth WITH ART Community Public Art Program when Ndinawe was matched with filmmaker Jim Agapito. The filmmaker mentored the youth in the art of filmmaking over the course of a year and a half. Working with Ndinawe’s Art Program Coordinator, Bernard Ferguson, Jim put cameras into the hands of the youth and taught them the basics of creating from both behind and in front of the camera, including photography, audio, and the importance of storyboards and editing. This project, like all the programs taking place at Ndinawe, helps to build a sense of connection and belonging for youth at risk, to strengthen youth voices within the community and reduce the social isolation they experience.
“As a filmmaker, this is the first time I relinquished camera duties. The youth had full control. There were no restrictions on what they could or couldn’t film.” – Jim Agapito, Filmmaker and Mentor
“Most of youth that participated in the film project have many challenges and the film project was a way for them to see themselves and their lives through the lens from different positive perspectives.” – Bernard Ferguson, Ndinawe Art Program Director
Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. (Ndinawe) connects vulnerable children and youth with the shelter, culture, recreation, education, outreach and support they need for safe and healthy lives. It is open every day of the year to provide an immediate and reliable place of safety, connection and support for youth during times of high risk when other resources are unavailable to them. Their programs target harm reduction, crisis intervention, education and stabilization for young people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness, sexual exploitation, family conflict, placement breakdown, and mental health crises.
About Jim Agapito
Jim Agapito is a Filipino writer, producer, and director from Winnipeg. He works in Canadian film and television with broadcasters, independent productions, and community groups creating documentaries, short films and music videos. Jim is also the vocalist in the punk band Agapito.