Opening of the 10th edition of the Ciné Alter’Natif festival, dedicated to the promotion of Indigenous cinema in France, with the screening ofSgaawaay K’uuna by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, a film made entirely in Haida, a language of which only 20 speakers were still alive in British Columbia in Canada in 2018. The film generated a real momentum to preserve this traditional language.
Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the knife) by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, 2018, 99 mn
Haida Gwaii, 1800’s. At a seasonal fishing camp, two families endure a conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of his friend’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid – “the Wildman.”
Presented on the occasion of the 10th edition of the festival Ciné Alter’Natif / from October 8 to 12, 2019 in Paris and Nantes
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