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SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of The Knife)

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 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.

Directors: Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaada Yahlangnaay Helen Haig-Brown
Screenplay: Jalaan Edenshaw, Gwaai Edenshaw, Graham Richard, Leonie Sandercock
Producers: Jonathan Frantz, Stephen Grosse
Director of Photography: Jonathan Frantz
Production Design: Sandy Cochrane
Art Direction: Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw
Costume Design: Athena Theny
Editing: Sarah Hedar
Music: Kinnie Starr
Executive Producer: Zacharias Kunuk

STARRING
Tyler York as Adiits’ii
William Russ as Kwa
Adeana Young as Hlaaya

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    • 14m 48s

      K'uyaang (Benjamin Young)

      uploaded by: clairelittoncohn

      chaîne: Language

      Interview with Dana Moraes and Graham Richard

      'I'm Alaskan Haida.'

      'I have kind of an extensive language background. I've been either learning, documenting and teaching language for a little over a decade.'

      'I'm a functional speaker.'

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      uploaded date: 15-06-2018

    • 20m 15s

      Jaahljuu (Graham Richard)

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      chaîne: Language

      Interview with Dana Moraes and Graham Richard

      'This particular script came to us very gradually. Very organically.'

      'The script is based, or inspired by, traditional Haida stories.'

      'Our story is definitely fiction but it's based in reality.'

      'We went over and over and over that script so many times.'

      'We consulted a lot.'

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      uploaded date: 14-06-2018

    • 7m 58s

      G_uud Yuwans (Willie Russ)

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      chaîne: Language

      Interview with Dana Moraes and Graham Richard

      ‘I was born and raised in Skidegate’

      ‘I actually submitted a 50-pages story that I’ve written a long time ago. And that was too long and they wanted me to write something else but I didn’t get a chance to write anything else.’

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      uploaded date: 12-06-2018

    • 5m 21s

      Guustlaas (Trey Rorick)

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      chaîne: Language

      Interview with Dana Moraes and Graham Richard

      "I thought it would be a really good experience learning how to speak X̱aaydaa Kil [Haida] and I thought it would be fun"

      "It's so culturally involved and an inspiration for other Nations to do it."

      "I think most people here would probably watch it by private showings."

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      uploaded date: 07-06-2018

    • 6m 59s

      Oot Iiwaans (Leo Gagnon)

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      chaîne: Language

      Interview with Dana Moraes and Graham Richard

      "The language was easy; it was remembering that was the hard part"

      "I'm a carver and I make carving tools for local carvers"

      "I do a lot of weaving, a lot of hunting and fishing"

      "This [knife] if similar to what was used on the film. Made by me."

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      uploaded date: 07-06-2018

    • 11m 32s

      SG_aan Kwah Agang (James McGuire)

      uploaded by: clairelittoncohn

      chaîne: Language

      Interview with Dana Moraes and Graham Richard

      “Of course I’m interested in any kind of thing that pushes Haida culture into the new centuries.”

      “[Atanarjuat] portraits real authentic story from the Nations it was from. It kind of gives you an idea about of how you can represent your culture on the screen.”

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      uploaded date: 07-06-2018

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