Alternative Cinema, Edge of the Knife (dir. Gwaii Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, 2018, 100 min)
Discussion with filmmaker Gwaii Edenshaw
On a wintry beach lined with conifers, the body of a teenage boy washes up on the grey sand. A young man named Adiits'ii feels responsible for this death as he had taken the boy out in a boat on choppy waters. It is this tragedy that serves as the focus of this film. The story, steeped in the supernatural, centers on the universal themes of family, love, loss, and betrayal. What is less universal is the language of the film, Haida. According to the First People's Cultural Council, there are only 20 remaining fluent speakers of this language, making it critically endangered.
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This series is made possible by the Department of Art and Art History, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Colgate Arts Council and a generous grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Programmed by Ani Maitra and Yi Cui
Tuesday, April 13 at 7:20pm to 9:00pmVirtual Event