Darryl Nepinak burst onto the Winnipeg filmmaking scene in the early 2000s and has created a radical canon of satirical short films that are as big-hearted as they are scathing. Socially engaged and committed, Nepinak exemplifies the filmmaker as a community leader and social critic, one who is mercifully seeking catharsis and understanding through satirical humour. He explores themes of cultural property, systems of Aboriginal image-making, the singularity of Aboriginal life, and the intricacies of inter-cultural misunderstanding in Winnipeg. Working variously in found footage, collage, docu-fiction, animation, mockumentary, music, and comic sketches, Nepinak's filmmaking trajectory is both deeply challenging and resolutely upbeat.
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