World’s first Haida-language film to be shown at Lakehead University Orillia

(Pictured) William Russ plays Kwa in Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s film Sgaawaay K’uuna-Edge of the Knife. Photo credit Niijang Xyaalas Productions. Copyright Isuma Distribution International.

November 28, 2018 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University Orillia is proud to announce a special screening of the Canadian feature film, Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife), on Monday, December 3 at 4 p.m.

Sgaawaay K’uuna – directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown – is the first feature-length film to be shot completely in the Haida language.  Set in the mid-1800’s on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, the film follows two families as they reunite at a seasonal fishing camp. Conflict erupts between Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa after Adiits’ii’s recklessness results in a tragic accident. Adiits’ii seeks refuge in the wilderness, where he is mentally and physically pushed to the brink of survival and transforms into Gaagiixiid – the Haida Wildman. In spring, the families return to the fishing camp to find that Adiits’ii has survived the winter. They set out to capture him; and must discover whether they can drive out the supernatural power to restore Adiits’ii to humanity.  

Sgaawaay K’uuna will be followed by a question and answer session with actor William Russ (Kwa) and production manager Dana Moraes. The screening will take place at 4 p.m. in room 1033, at the Orillia campus.

Admission and parking is free.

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William Russ plays Kwa in Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s film Sgaawaay K’uuna-Edge of the Knife