By Zoe Leigh HOPKINS


Family - Completed 2017

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.

& Awards

imagiNATIVE 2017
Audience Choice Award
Powell River Film Festival 2017
Audience Choice Award
Victoria Film Festival 2017
Audience Choice Award
Vision Maker Media 2018
Cine Las Americas 2018
Jury & Special Guest Closing Night
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Family, Social issues, Drama
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Zoe Leigh HOPKINS
    • Writer(s)
    • Michael SPARAGA
    • Producer(s)
    • Daniel BEKERMAN (Scythia Films Inc.)
    • Synopsis
    • When Dave Ellis (Evan Adams), a prominent Kitasoo/Xai'Xais activist, passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Ta'Kaiya Blaney) makes it her mission to take his ashes home to Klemtu and stand in his place at a community gathering against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tankers through their beloved homeland waters. Strengthened by her determination and her youthful spirit, Ella embarks on the kayak journey she planned to take with her Uncle Dave through the Inside Passage along the beautiful shores of the Great Bear Rainforest. Along for the journey are her aunt, cousin, and her cranky uncle Don (Lorne Cardinal). It’s a race against the clock, as the four paddle to make the community gathering in time for Ella to give the speech of her life. 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.