SG̲aawaay Ḵ’uuna (Edge of the Knife)

Director: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown Year: 2018 Run Time: 100min
Edge of The Knife (2018)

Set in the Haida Gwaii region in the 19th century, Edge of the Knife (SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna in Haida) adapts a classic Haida folk tale of a man ( left for dead in the forest who becomes the Gaagiid/Gaagiixiid, or “the Wildman”. After an accident where he is separated from his family, Adiit’si (Tyler York) wanders through the forest becoming driven mad by both natural and supernatural forces. As his loved ones, including best friend Kwa (William Russ), set out to capture and cure him, Adiits’ii grows increasingly feral.

The first feature film made entirely in the critically endangered Haida language – fluently spoken by fewer than 20 people – the film is a spellbinding and mythical tale of pride, tragedy and love, set against the stunning backdrop of Canada’s Pacific northwest.

Made with a Haida cast and in collaboration with the Haida Council, this compelling film proves that cinema can be at once a powerful vessel for storytelling and a profound act of Indigenous language and culture revitalization.


Director(s):

Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown

Writer(s):

Leonie Sandercock, Graham Richard, Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw

Producer(s):

Jonathan Frantz

Cast:

Curtis Brown, Diane Brown, Greg Brown

Genre(s):

Action/Adventure

Closed Captioning:

English

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
NR Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
NR Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon