Youth Film Maker Lady Leah Akakia Hill

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Leah Akakia Hill is from Kitwanga, Gitxsan Nation. She moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in film making, Check out her films!

Leah Akakia Hill is in her third year of school in the Cinematography program at Capilano University. Her experiences in and outside class have been educative and full of life memories. Leah learned the basics of a camera, sound, lighting, editing, script writing in the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking 2 year Diploma program. Her first 3 minute documentary “Free Hugs” has screened at three film festivals, the most recent being the November 2011 Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival.


She has also helped many others with their bodies of art work. Leah has created a 22 minute documentary on her home village Kitwanga BC’s traditional summer harvest cycle. Her growing knowledge and experiences have presented work opportunities as camera operator on TedxCapU (x= Independently Organized TED event) and on a promo video for ep!c The Vancouver Sun sustainable living expo. Leah enjoys to work as camera operator and set-decorator in production and editor in post-production. Her strongest skills lye in editing, lighting and pre production managing. She is eager to experience and learn more in the fields of camera operator, focus puller, Director of Photography, and set decoration.

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Free Hugs Documentary by Leah Akakia Hill

Leah puts together a hugging team to give free hugs to random people. The documentary explores the reactions of people who accepted free hugs.

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The people of Kitwanga by Leah Akakia Hill

This documentary explores the culture, traditions, and values of the Gitxsan people of Kitwanga, BC.

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