Please join us for this very special screening of Sgaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife) - the first feature film about the Haida people and in the Haida language.
They say a fire calls you into the forest. The cold will make you desperate to catch the fire; but no matter how long you run, you cannot catch the fire. You run and run until your mind is sick and the spirits take you over. You become wild. You become Gaagiixid.
The mystery-thriller co-directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brownis set in Haida Gwaii, 1800’s. At a seasonal fishing camp two families endure conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid – “the Wildman.” When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? Meanwhile, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire – revenge.
This is the first screening of the film in Melbourne and will be followed by a panel discussion with Helen Haig-Brown, Dana Moraes (Executive Director of the Haida economic development organisation), and screen-writer Professor Leonie Sandercock.