Date: TBD

Canada

Directed by Zoe Leigh Hopkins

In English

Adventure, Family

92 minutes

Rated PG: violence; coarse language

14-year-old Ella is determined to kayak the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She's prepared for any challenge except her dysfunctional family, who she has to bring on the trip. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, and the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride, making it a fun and amazing adventure. From Tla'Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures, while their spirits honour the coast as a place for each of us to protect and call home.

Quotes:

“IT IS A JOURNEY FROM A TO B, STORYTELLING 101 - A SOULFUL GESTURE FREE OF ARTIFICE AND GRANDIOSITY. THAT IT COMES WITH ACTIVISIM ATTACHED IS NOT A BONUS, BUT ITS VERY POINT.”

- The Globe and Mail

KAYAK TO KLEMTU ULTIMATELY SCORES AS A TRIUMPH FOR CANADIAN INDIGENOUS FILMMAKING. THERE ARE COUNTLES STORIES, BOTH PAST AND PRESENT, IN BC THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM A FIRST NATIONS VOICE BEHIND THE CAMERA. EFFORTS LIKE THIS PROVE THAT THESE MOVIES CAN STAND SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH THE BEST CINEMA THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER.”

- Hollywood North Magazine

Other:

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KI8iGuwq18

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7207726/?ref_=rvi_tt

Awards:

Won Best Director and Best Actor at the American Indian Film Festival 2018

Won the Audience Choice Award at the ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival

Won the Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture and Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture at the Leo Awards

Won Best Canadian First Feature at the Victoria Film Festival 2018

KAYAK TO KLEMTU