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30 Under 30: Slater Jewell-Kemker, Filmmaker

Meet the Canadian women who are changing the world. Prepare to be hella inspired by Slater Jewell-Kemker

Slater Jewell-Kemker

(Photo: Grace Glowicki)

Filmmaker / 22
Twitter: @slaterjk

By the time Slater Jewell-Kemker dropped out of her Peterborough, Ont., high school at 16, she’d already been part of a short film that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, given a speech to the United Nations and repped Canada at the G8 Youth Summit in Tokyo, where she preached the dangers of climate change. By the time she was 20, she had shot hundreds of hours of film for her work-in-progress documentary, An Inconvenient Youth, after spending three years travelling the world, capturing millennial environmental activism abroad. Now she hopes to turn the lens on Canada. “My mom’s family works for the oil industry; we haven’t spoken in years,” says Jewell-Kemker. “I want to go to Alberta to capture the stories of those who are suffering from the tar sands but also try to have a conversation, try to reconnect with my family. If we can’t even speak to our own families, how are we going to bring an entire world together on this issue?”

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