EDGE OF THE KNIFE
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Start time: 1:15 pm
Venue: Genesis Cinema
(Canada 2018. Dir: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown. Haida with English subtitles. 100 mins.)
Part drama, part historical reclamation, this unique film is set during the 19th century and performed entirely in the endangered Haida language, which now has fewer than 20 fluent speakers remaining.
Inspired by the Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid wildman of Haida mythology, the film charts a simple narrative about a reckless uncle who can't bear the guilt of having unwittingly led a beloved nephew to his demise, and whose abnegation takes on a horrific physical form over a winter of self-imposed exile in the wild. Both visceral and austere, yet with unexpected dashes of comedy and melodrama, EDGE OF THE KNIFE (Sgaawaay K'uuna) marks a significant landmark in the history of Indigenous film.
Screening with THE AMENDMENT (2007. Canada. Dir: Kevin Papatie. 5 mins) www.wapikoni.ca