February 26, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Tuesday
Program Fee: $15 / youth $11.50
Program Fee Member: $12.75
SGAAWAY K'UUNA / Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw, Jaada Yahlangnaay Helen Haig-Brown / 2018 / Canada / 100 min
Join us for this award-winning film, the first feature ever to be shot in the Haida language, followed by a post-screening conversation with the filmmaker and local Indigenous advocates.
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 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
This event is brought to you in partnership with Indigenous 150+, NationTalk, and Good Influence Films.
Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series, dedicated to putting Indigenous voices centre stage, and is a response to the TRC Calls to Action. Learn more here