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Kayak to Klemtu (2017)

After her uncle's death, a 14-year-old girl must speak on his behalf against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tanker traffic to the waters around her hometown in British Columbia.


Zoe Leigh Hopkins


Scooter Corkle (additional writing by), Zoe Leigh Hopkins | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Evan Adams ... Dave
Jared Ager-Foster Jared Ager-Foster ... Alex
Carmel Amit ... Denise
Sonja Bennett ... Cory
Ta'kaiya Blaney Ta'kaiya Blaney ... Ella
Tyler Burrows ... Jean
Lorne Cardinal ... Don
Debs Howard ... Erin
Chris Ippolito ... Ted
Sarah Kelley ... Maureen
Nelson Leis ... Greg


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.

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Touching and important
1 August 2019 | by jefbraySee all my reviews

My partner and I enjoyed this film a lot. While slightly formulaic, the story is about much more than spreading somebody's ashes. The film is about a character's rediscovery of their past, their connection to a place, and their spirituality. The spreading of ashes is simply the premise or vehicle that gets the characters started on their quest (a plot device, if you will). Anybody who has ever questioned their place in their own life journey or who has felt connected (or wanted to) with nature will appreciate the soft and touching story here.

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20 October 2017 (Canada) See more »

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Kayaking for Beginners See more »

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