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Flagstaff Red Screen Film Festival presents SGAAWAAY K'UUNA / EDGE OF THE KNIFE
Harkins Theatres Flagstaff 16
Flagstaff, AZ
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Flagstaff Red Screen Film Festival presents SGAAWAAY K'UUNA / EDGE OF THE KNIFE
Saturday, July 27, 7PM

Drama, Canada 2018/USA 2019, 1hr 40min

Producer: Jonathan Frantz
Directors: Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqotin) and Gwaai Edenshaw  (Haida)
Writer: Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaalen Edenshaw (Haida), Graham Richard and Leonie Sandercock
Cinematographer: Jonathan Frantz
Editor: Sarah Hedar
Starring: Tyler York (Haida), William Russ (Haida) and Adeana Young (Haida)

In Haida with English subtitles

Vancouver International Film Festival  Winner, Best BC Film; Winner, Best Canadian Feature Film; Winner, Most Popular Canadian Film
Toronto International Film Festival  Nominated, Best Canadian Feature Film
ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival  Winner, Sun Jury Prize

In the 1800s in the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, off the west coast of British Columbia, two extended families re-unite at their annual summer fishing camp. Soon conflict between a charismatic young nobleman, Adiitsii, and his best friend Kwa, tears their interwoven families apart. When Adiitsiis recklessness causes the death of Kwas son, he flees into the rainforest. Wracked with grief, Adiitsii descends into madness and transforms into Gaagiixid, a ravenous supernatural being caught between worlds and consumed by insatiable hunger. When the families return the following summer, they realize Adiitsii has survived the winter. Now while the community hopes to restore Adiitsiis humanity, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire - revenge.

SGaawaay K'uuna / Edge of the Knife is the first feature film in which the actors speak only in dialects of the Haida language, now spoken by fewer than 20 people in the world. Actors were taught to speak Haida prior to and during filming. With Edge of the Knife, the filmmakers intended to preserve Haida language and culture for future generations.


Harkins Theatres Flagstaff 16 (View)
4751 E Marketplace Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Film > Premiers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television
On BPT Since: Mar 21, 2016
Flagstaff Red Screen Film Festival

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