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Edge of the Knife
Film by Helen Haig-Brown & Gwaai Edenshaw, Canada

Do, 04.03.2021, 19–20:30 Uhr
Völkerkundemuseum

Der Film wird auschliesslich als Online-Angebot durchgeführt; den entsprechenden Link wird am Donnerstagabend online publiziert. | The film will be be made accessible online; we will publish a streaming link here by Thursday evening.

Film by Helen Haig-Brown & Gwaai Edenshaw, Canada 2018, 100', Language: Haida; English subtitles.

The film is a historical tale based on Haida oral story-telling and mythology. Set in a seasonal fishing camp, the film centers on the relationship 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?

Having survived decades of hardship and cultural genocide, Haida today are reclaiming their language with hard work and dedication. Edge of the Knife is the first feature film in the endangered Haida language, spoken in the Haida Gwaii archipelago off the coast of Canada and on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Fluent elders carefully translated the script into three Haida dialects and trained the fully-Haida cast in memorizing, pronouncing, and expressing their lines.

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