World Premiere

Passive Spherical Video


Directed by:

Sonia Ponspille Boileau




38m 16s


William is a virtual reality web series that invites users to take on the role of William, a 12-year-old Canadian aboriginal boy who was taken away from his family and placed in one of the 139 residential schools that existed in Canada for a hundred years, from 1883 to 1996. Each episode deals with a paradigmatic stage in the journey of these children.

From life in an aboriginal community, we move on to abduction by government agents, arrival at the residential school, the classroom, the dormitory and, finally, the return home. The experiences presented in the various episodes of the series can be lived independently or in sequential order to form a single dramatic experience.

Director Bio:

Sonia Ponspille Boileau Sonia is a bilingual filmmaker of Kanien’kehá:ka-Quebec origin who has worked with Nish Media for over fifteen years to create Indigenous television and film content for audiences of all cultural backgrounds.

She is the recipient of a Gemini Award (Last Call Indien, 2011), the APTN Award of Distinction (2016) and the Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award (2017). In addition to creating several youth and documentary works, including The Oka Legacy (2015) and Wapikoni (2018), she has written and directed two fiction feature films, Le Dep (2015) and Rustic Oracle (2019). Bonspille Boileau has written her first drama series, Pour toi Flora (2022), broadcast on Radio-Canada.