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KAYAK TO KLEMTU – Outdoor Screening

June 29 @ 9:30 pm



Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Meridian Place, Downtown Barrie
Admission: Free
Starts at dusk, weather permitting (rain date June 30)


Directed by Zoe Leigh Hopkins
Drama/Adventure, 2018, 90 min., PG (Canada)


14-year-old Ella (Ta’Kaiya Blaney) 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 (Sonja Bennett), her cranky uncle (Lorne Cardinal), her wayward cousin (Jared Ager-Foster), and the memory of her late uncle (Evan Adams, Smoke Signals) 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.


Awards: 6 wins, 4 nominations
Winner, Audience Choice Award, ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival, 2017
Winner, Festival Prize for Best Canadian First Feature, Victoria Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best Director (Hopkins), American Indian Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Best Actor (Lorne Cardinal), American Indian Film Festival, 2018


Screening as part of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day programming hosted by the City of Barrie.

Also ​June 29 from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm at Meridian Place – Indigenous History Month Celebration
Family activities, community booths, artisans, drumming, dancing, and more cultural sharing.​


For list of collaborations and programming throughout June, CLICK HERE






June 29
9:30 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Meridian Place
30 Simcoe Street
Barrie, ON L4M 1A7 Canada
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