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MFF19 | SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of The Knife)
March 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm NZDT$6
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE PREMIERE
Director: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
On the islands of Haida Gwaii, two extended families reunite at their annual summer fishing camp. Soon, conflict between a charismatic young man, Adiits’ii, and his best friend Kwa, begins to tear their interwoven families apart. When Adiits’ii’s recklessness and arrogance result in a tragic incident, he flees into the rainforest abandoning his family and way of life. Wracked with grief and shame, Adiits’ii descends into madness and transforms into a Gaagiixid, a ravenous “wildman” caught between worlds and consumed by insatiable hunger. When the families return the following summer, they realise Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Now, while the community hopes to restore Adiits’ii’s humanity, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire, revenge.
Sgaawaay K’uuna makes history as the first feature film in the Haida language. Despite being nearly lost to the terrible consequences of smallpox, residential schools, church and government intervention, there are currently less than 60 fluent speakers of Haida, many over the age of 70.
SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of The Knife) also screens on Sunday 24 March at 4:30 pm at the Civic Theatre
- Māoriland Film Festival
- The Civic Theatre
Ōtaki, 6015 New Zealand + Google Map