Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Edge of the Knife screening

Talking Stick Festival

Reel Reservations: Edge of the Knife
 High School Screening

Wednesday, February 27th - 1pm
Thursday, February 28th - 1pm
VIFF Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Full Circle's Talking Stick Festival, now in its 18th year, began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. From its humble beginnings, this unique and exciting event has grown into a full 2-week Festival held annually in February at locations across Vancouver.

This year's #TSF2019 theme is "hən̓əm̓stəmxw tə syəθ" (pronounced huh-num-stoh teh see-yahl), which translates to "using tradition".

We welcome you to join in the Talking Stick festivities with a special high school screening of Haida language feature, Edge of the Knife (Sgaawaay K'uuna).

EDGE OF THE KNIFE (Sgaawaay K'uuna)
Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown, Canada, 2018

100 mins.
In Haida with English subtitles. 
Classification: 14A - Violence 
Curriculum Interest: BC First peoples 12, Social Studies 10 & 11, English First Peoples

Filmed on stunning Haida Gwaii, Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown's 19th-century epic is a nod to the grand storytelling traditions that lure us to the big screen. The fact that it's the first narrative scripted and shot in two dialects of the endangered Haida language-which has only 20-odd fluent speakers left-also certifies it as a landmark work of cinema.

Guilt-ridden after a tragic accident at sea, Adiits'ii (Tyler York) retreats into the wilderness where he's plagued by spirits and transformed into Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid, the Haida Wildman. As his loved ones, including best friend Kwa (William Russ), set out to capture and cure him, Adiits'ii grows increasingly feral.

Working in collaboration with Isuma, the team responsible for Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Edenshaw and Haig-Brown harness raging elements and swirling emotions to craft a riveting dramatization of this classic Haida tale of survival, forgiveness and community.

Best BC Film, VIFF 2018, Best Canadian Film, VIFF 2018
bookingBooking Information

Wednesday, February 27 - 1pm
Thursday, February 28 - 1pm

Where: VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Up to 50 students - $400
Over 50 students - $7/student
Over 75 students - $600

 Email with your school name and the number of students and supervisors you would like to book for.

We hope you can join us!

Ellyn Hadley
VIFF Education Coordinator
T: 604.685.0260 ext.866

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