Saturday, July 27, 7PM
HARKINS THEATRE FLAGSTAFF 16
SGAAWAAY K’UUNA / EDGE OF THE KNIFE
Drama, Canada 2018/USA 2019, 1hr 40min
Producer: Jonathan Frantz
Directors: Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in) and Gwaai Edenshaw (Haida)
Writer: Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw (Haida), Graham Richard and Leonie Sandercock
Cinematographer: Jonathan Frantz
Editor: Sarah Hedar
Starring: Tyler York (Haida), William Russ (Haida) and Adeana Young (Haida)
In Haida with English subtitles
POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION WITH OCTAVIANA TRUJILLO (Yaqui), Ph.D., former tribal leader and founding chair and professor of the department of Applied Indigenous Studies at NAU
Vancouver International Film Festival • Winner, Best BC Film; Winner, Best Canadian Feature Film;
Winner, Most Popular Canadian Film
Toronto International Film Festival • Nominated, Best Canadian Feature Film
ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival • Winner, Sun Jury Prize
In the 1800s in the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, off the west coast of British Columbia, two extended families re-unite at their annual summer fishing camp. Soon conflict between a charismatic young nobleman, Adiits’ii, and his best friend Kwa, tears their interwoven families apart. When Adiits’ii’s recklessness causes the death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest. Wracked with grief, Adiits’ii descends into madness and transforms into Gaagiixid, a ravenous supernatural being caught between worlds and consumed by insatiable hunger. When the families return the following summer, they realize Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Now while the community hopes to restore Adiits’ii’s humanity, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire - revenge.
Edge of the Knife is the first feature film in which the actors speak only in dialects of the Haida language, now spoken by fewer than 20 people in the world. Actors were taught to speak Haida prior to and during filming. With Edge of the Knife, the filmmakers intended to preserve Haida language and culture for future generations.
Red Screen Film Festival tickets are free. Please note that when you reserve a ticket, it does not guarantee a seat so our advice it to arrive a little early. Seats will be allocated to ticket holders on a first-come, first served basis. It's not necessary to get a ticket but note that non ticket holders will be seated after ticket holders.