Directors: Matt Miles and Lindsay Marie Stewart
Winner of Best Film Short at the 2013 Waimea Oceanic Festival
Seven indigenous high school students who inhabit the Great Bear Rainforest on the coast of British Columbia build their own stand-up paddleboards from locally-sourced red and yellow cedar. The students’ project encourages them to connect with their environment and to take pride in themselves and their culture.
The story is inspiring because the odds are stacked against Canadian Aboriginals finishing school and breaking out of the poverty trap.
Released in 2013