Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at 6 p.m.
Haida Film Screenings
At this free screening of Haida films, presented in collaboration with the Montreal First Peoples’ Festival, discover the short film The Mountain of SGaana, followed by SGaawaay K‘uuna (Edge of the Knife), the first feature film shot entirely in the Haida language.
Critically acclaimed and produced by Haida directors, these two films revisit ancient stories and help preserve and teach Haida language and culture.
In addition to celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, this activity is part of the Indigenous cultures programming of the Museum, which includes the exhibitions Sding K’awXangs – Haida: Supernatural Stories, and there’s a reason for our connection by Hanna Claus. Also worth visiting: the permanent exhibition, Wearing Our Identity. The First Peoples Collection.
Films on the program
The Mountain of SGaana
Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. The film brilliantly combines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, and is based on a story inspired by an old Haida legend.
Short film directed by Christopher Auchter. Canada, 2017, 10 minutes.
SGaawaay K‘uuna (Edge of the Knife)
Haida Gwaii, 1800s. 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.
Directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown. Canada, 2018, 100 minutes.
In Haida language, with French subtitles.
Free activity, limited seating.
Location: J.A. Bombardier Theatre of the McCord Museum
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