The film — Sgaaway K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) — is premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film is made entirely in Haida, the language spoken by the Haida people in Haida Gwaii archipelago of the coast of Canada and on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska.
The film synopsis reads: “In 19th-century Haida Gwaii, an accident prompts a tormented man to retreat deep into the forest where he becomes Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid — “the Wildman” — in this landmark first feature made entirely in the two dialects of the Haida language.” (TIFF, 2018)
Edge of the Knife is a “stunning cinematic achievement and a spellbinding tale of pride, tragedy, and remorse set in Haida Gwaii in the 1800s.” (TIFF, 2018)
Directors of the film are Gwaii Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown.