Zoe L. Hopkins

“My approach to storytelling is to speak from my heart,” says Zoe Hopkins. Born in Bella Bella, British Columbia, of mixed Heiltsuk and Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) ancestry, Hopkins got her start in cinema as a child actor in the 1991 feature drama Black Robe, and made her directorial debut at Sundance with the 2004 short Prayer for a Good Day. She’s gone on to direct both drama and documentary, and her first feature film, Kayak to Klemtu, based on Indigenous resistance to tanker traffic along the coast of Great Bear Rainforest, won the Air Canada Audience Choice Award at the 2017 edition of the imagineNATIVE Festival.