Edge of the Knife

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Edge of the Knife is a feature length Haida language film about pride, tragedy, and penance. Adiits'ii, the lead character in the film, is mentally and physically pushed to the brink of survival and becomes Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid - the Haida Wildman. The Gaagiixiid is one of Haida's most popular stories, sustained over the years though song and performance. This project is a community initiative with strong support from the Haida people as well as from the Council of the Haida Nation.


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  • The themes of guilt and redemption may be familiar, but Edenshaw and Haig-Brown present them in a vision so distinct and unfamiliar to audiences that the film feels abundantly fresh.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This film immerses the viewer in the pre-colonial world, without any hand-holding exposition for a non-Indigenous audience.

    Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A landmark achievement in the history of indigenous cinema, SGaawaay K'uuna - or Edge of the Knife in English - is a mesmerizing film crafted by true artists...

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • What really sticks is the reconstructed slices of everyday life, with woven clothes and sleek carvings appearing strikingly modern in this arboreal context.

    Nov 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The preservation act challenges the cast to wrap their tongues around words they don't know. But their emotional performances overcome in a film stacked with stunning imagery, where the natural and mythical get tangled.

    Sep 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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