Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K’uuna)
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In SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife), a tragic accident at sea triggers a series of events that threatens to tear apart two extended Haida families. Based on the Haida story of Gaagiixiid the “wildman,” the film explores how forces of the supernatural and human worlds can collide under the right set of circumstances.
The film follows the story of two close friends, Adiits’ii and Kwa, whose families are together at their summer fishing camp. Just days before packing up and heading to their permanent village, Adiits’ii decides to take Kwa’s young son out on the ocean for an impromptu fishing trip. The natural ebb and flow of daily life in the fishing camp is shattered as the families deal with the aftermath of that decision.
Shot in the stunning temperate rainforest of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, Edge of the Knife offers a rare glimpse into traditional Haida life. Co-directed by Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in) and Gwaii Edenshaw (Haida), this gripping drama, set in the 19th century, is told entirely in Haida dialects. Brimming with authenticity, the film is also contributing to the preservation of the Haida language, which has only 20 fluent speakers left.
SGaawaay K’uuna shares some of the cinematic style of Zacharias Kunuk’s award-winning film Artanajuat: The Fast Runner. It is no coincidence that Kunuk was an executive producer and mentor on the Haida film, which was produced with support from the Council of the Haida Nation.