Slater Jewell-Kemker, Canada, 2018, 91’
When the young Slater Jewell-Kemker met the great oceanographic explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau he gave her a sea urchin shell saying, “We have a lot of work to do – I’m passing on the baton to you.” A big weight on little shoulders but Slater took up the challenge to tell the story of youth’s role in climate justice. Placing herself within the frame, a gawky kid discovering her own strong emotions about global exploitation, she worms her way in to see influential figures, hangs out with radical activists and does her own fair share of lobbying. She’s been on the front line with a camera for many years, at rallies, at the climate conferences, at the tar sands but prefers to link her journey with the journeys of the many young activists she has met over the years by going to their countries and experiencing their struggles.
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Slater Jewell-Kemker has been making films since she was six. An award winning filmmaker and climate activist, Slater has been featured in Forbes twice and selected by the Hollywood Reporter as one of 15 filmmakers under 30 to watch.
Slater is an accomplished speaker and is frequently invited to speak on film and climate change panels to represent the voice of youth. She lives in a tiny house on wheels on her farm in Southern Ontario, Canada.
Director: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Producer: Wendy Jewell, Daniel Bekerman
Friday 15th November, 2.00pm, Cinema 1 (Q&A)
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