World’s first Haida feature film in the Haida Language, SGaawaay K‘uuna or Edge of the Knife premiered at TIFF in September 2018. Co-directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, it is a story of the Gagiixiid or wildman set in the mid-nineteenth century. Shot with community actors and many of the crew draw from local communities, SGaawaay K‘uuna is truly a Haida work of art.
September 6-11: TIFF, Premiere on the 7th.
September 27 – October 12: VIFF in Vancouver. Screening dates: 3, 5 October
October 3-14: FNC in Montreal.
October 17-21: imagineNATIVE in Toronto.
The Haida Language on Film, in Depth and at Last
A conversation with Gwaai Edenshaw: jeweller, carver and co-director of the world’s first Haida-language feature film
by Leah Sandals
As a baby, Gwaai Edenshaw used to bounce in a jolly jumper suspended from an in-progress totem pole—a totem pole in Skidegate that was being carved by Bill Reid, with his father Guujaaw helping. Years later, Gwaai apprenticed with Reid in his studio, studied jewellery-making at college, exhibited art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, had works purchased by the Canadian Museum of Civilization, assisted with developing plays in the Haida language, and helped carve totem poles too. Read more…
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