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Kayak to Klemtu

Zoe Leigh Hopkins

  • 12A

  • 91 mins

  • 2018

  • Canada

  • English

Evan Adams, Jared Ager-Foster, Carmel Amit, Sonja Bennett, Ta’kaiya Blaney

  • Director of Photography: Vince Arvidson

  • Editor: Simone Smith

  • Produced by: Daniel Bekerman

  • Music: Oleksa Lozowchuk

  • Screenplay by: Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Michael Sparaga

  • Production Designer: Nataliya Fedulova

  • Sound Production: Devon Cooke, Nathan Evans

Director Bio

Zoe Leigh Hopkins

Director Bio

Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk) was born in Bella Bella, a Heiltsuk fishing village in British Columbia, Canada, home to her maternal family, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. She now lives in her father’s community of Six Nations, where she is raising her son, and where she teaches the Mohawk language. Zoe is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program.


Director Zoe Hopkins film is driven by heart and a gentle naivety as it follows 14-year-old Ella (the charismatic Ta’kaiya Blaney), who is determined to kayak the Inside Passage in British Colombia (cue natural wonders a-plenty). Her recently deceased activist uncle Dave (Evan Adams) had planned to make the trip and deliver an impassioned speech against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tankers to their homeland waters. Veteran actor Lorne Cardinal has fun as her grumpy uncle who reluctantly joins the kayak trip.

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