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Sgaawaay K'uuna [Edge of the Knife]

Gwaii Edenshaw & Helen Haig-Brown / Canada / 2018 / 99 ' / Haida / S.T. English


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Official Selection, TIFF
Best BC Film Award, Best Canadian Film, & VIFF Most Popular Canadian Feature, VIFF

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A stunning cinematic achievement and a spellbinding tale of pride, tragedy, and remorse set in Haida Gwaii in Canada’s Pacific Northwest in the 1800s.


The first feature film made entirely in the Haida language — a critically endangered language spoken fluently by fewer than 20 people — EDGE OF THE KNIFE is set in 19th century Haida Gwaii. At a seasonal fishing camp two families endure conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid – “the Wildman.” When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? Meanwhile, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire – revenge.


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