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Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) Film Screening at the UBCO Student Union Theatre

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Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) Film Screening at the UBCO Student Union Theatre
Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown's Edge of the Knife (SGaawaay K’uuna).
Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown's Edge of the Knife (SGaawaay K’uuna).

Filmed on stunning Haida Gwaii, Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s 19th-century epic is a nod to the grand storytelling traditions that lure us to the big screen. The fact that it’s the first narrative scripted and shot in two dialects of the endangered Haida language — which has about only 20 fluent speakers left, also certifies it as a landmark work of cinema.

Guilt-ridden after a tragic accident at sea, Adiits’ii (Tyler York) retreats into the wilderness where he’s plagued by spirits and transformed into Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid, the Haida Wildman. As his loved ones, including best friend Kwa (William Russ), set out to capture and cure him, Adiits’ii grows increasingly Worferal (feral). In this spectacular rendering of a classic Haida story, life on the land is shaped by the power of the elements where natural and supernatural forces co-exist.

"Tyler York delivers a performance that goes from restless and raw to tragic and ferocious… [This is] a film 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 Magazine



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