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Edge of the Knife (2018)

SGaawaay K'uuna (original title)
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In a 19th-century summer, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on the far-removed island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally causes the death ... See full summary »


Gwaai Edenshaw (as Gwaii Edenshaw), Helen Haig-Brown
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Credited cast:
Curtis Brown Curtis Brown ... Attendant / gaagiid dancer
Diane Brown Diane Brown ... Nanaay
Greg Brown Greg Brown ... Gaas' Xaants'ii
Toddi Lauren Brown Toddi Lauren Brown ... Fish cutter
Delores Churchill Delores Churchill ... Naanii 1
Zachary Collison Zachary Collison ... Ts'acklii
Russel Davis Russel Davis ... Watcher
Sam Derrick-York Sam Derrick-York ... Tluujaad
Sherri Dick Sherri Dick ... Naanii 3
Leo Gagnon Leo Gagnon ... Kwa's father
Merika Gladstone Merika Gladstone ... Raven Child
Emma Grinder Emma Grinder ... Eagle Child
Xiila Taayii Guujaaw Xiila Taayii Guujaaw ... Sk'ayuu
Sphenia Jones Sphenia Jones ... Daasjaadee
Brandon Kallio Brandon Kallio ... Adiits'ii's father


In a 19th-century summer, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on the far-removed island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally causes the death of his best friend Kwa's son and hastens into the wilderness. Adiits'ii is tormented by what he has done and spirals into insanity, becoming Gaagiixid, a supernatural being crazed by hunger. He unexpectedly survives the winter, and at next year's gathering, the families try to convert Gaagiixid back to Adiitst'ii. Written by xx

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25 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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CAD 1,800,000 (estimated)
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This is the first feature film to be made entirely in the Haida language of Pacific-coast Canada. The story was inspired by a traditional Haida legend. See more »

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Beautiful love letter to the Haida language and culture
14 September 2018 | by lisahall-60505See all my reviews

SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Night) is the first feature film entirely in the Haida language. The filmmakers hope to use the film as an educational tool to encourage fluency - there are currently less than 25 fluent Haida speakers in the world. Crafted from a popular story, SGaawaay K'uuna is set in 19th century Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii is charming and carefree and his recklessness causes a horrific tragedy. Tormented by what he has done, evil spirits are able to enter his body and transform him into Gaagiixid, a devouring supernatural being.

From the depictions of everyday, pre-colonial life to Adiits'ii's horrifying transformation and his family's generosity and forgiveness, this film takes an oral history and makes it into a beautiful, multifaceted film. If you don't get a chance to catch it at TIFF, SGaawaay K'uuna is the closing film for next month's imagineNATIVE film festival. I guarantee this film will be in Canada's Top Ten in January. It's so important. Please watch it.

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