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Canada’s Top Ten: Edge of the Knife (SGaawaay K’uuna)

Thu & Fri, Jan 24 & 25 / 9 pm
Sat, Jan 26 / 5 pm & 9 pm
Directed by Helen Haig-Brown & Gwaai Edenshaw
2018, Canada, 100 min
Haida with English subtitles

The first ever feature entirely in Haida, an indigenous language that is spoken fluently by less than 30 people today. Two extended families meet at their annual fishing camp one summer on the shores of Haida Gwaii, in Canada’s Pacific Northwest. Charming Adiits’ii is close to the family of his best friend Kwa and an ardent teacher to Kwa’s young son. The boy looks up to him, but Kwa’s wife, Hlaaya, is concerned that Adiits’ii’s appetite for challenges may lead to reckless choices. Tragedy strikes when a storm hits the small encampment and Adiits’ii becomes separated from the group. Presuming him dead, they return to their winter home without him. Adiits’ii creeps deep into the forest and begins his ominous transformation into a Gaagiid/Gaagiixiid — the legendary Haida Wildman.


Canada‘s Top Ten Film Festival returns for the 18th year with a diverse and compelling line up of features and shorts. In January and February, we will present the first part of this program. It will be continued later in March to June. This series is generously sponsored by IATSE 856 and William F. White International.

        

Reviews

Tyler York delivers a performance that goes from restless and raw to tragic and ferocious as the Gaagiid, or Wildman, from Haida....stacked with stunning imagery, where the natural and mythical get tangled. Edge Of The Knife begins by mourning for a lost future. But in telling this story it finds hope yet.
- Radheyan Simonpillai, Now Weekly
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