Still from Sgaawaay K'uuna [Edge of the Knife]
Still from Sgaawaay K'uuna [Edge of the Knife]
 

Sgaawaay K’uuna [Edge of the Knife]

by Helen Haig-Brown & Gwaii Edenshaw
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.
2018  ·  1h39m  ·  Canada
English
English subs
About the Film

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.

Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
TIFF, Official Selection
VIFF, Best BC Film Award
VIFF, Best Canadian Film
VIFF, VIFF Most Popular Canadian Feature
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Editor
Sarah Hedar
Producer
Jonathan Frantz
Cinematographer
Jonathan Frantz
Production Design
Sandy Cochrane
Soundtrack Composer
Kinnie Starr
Artistic Director
Gwaai Edenshaw
Writer
Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw, Graham Richard & Leonie Sandercock

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