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The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous film festival and one of Canada’s most successful Indigenous-run arts organizations. Their Tour is one of their most important projects and it’s their goal to ensure that Indigenous people in Canada have access to films and media art made by Indigenous artists. Indigenous people are often unrepresented or misrepresented in mainstream media including film and television. It is incredibly empowering to see self-determined representations of Indigenous people made by Indigenous people.
This film series at Cambridge Art Galleries is generously funded by the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation.
On Tuesday, November 13, join us for a screening of Kayak to Klemtu (2017, 1 hour 30 minutes).
14-year-old Ella is determined to travel the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She’s prepared to handle all of the challenges the wildlife, the weather, the water, and her gear have to offer up. The most challenging of all is that she has to bring her dysfunctional family with her. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, and the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride to make it a fun and amazing adventure. From Tla'Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures and desires, while their spirits honour the coast as a place for each of us to call home and protect. Directed by Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk).
Zoe Hopkins’s first feature film is a delightful family adventure that speaks to our heart and minds about the importance of protecting our lands for the generations to come. Zoe was born in Bella Bella, a Heiltsuk fishing village on the coast of B.C., home to her mother and 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 online to students across Turtle Island. Zoe is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. She was a member of both iterations of imagineNATIVE’s groundbreaking Embargo Collective in 2009 and 2014 and she also has her first virtual reality work in imagineNATIVE this year.