100 min. | Canada | Haida with English and French subtitles | 2018 | 18A | Directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown. Photo: Courtesy of TIFF

TIFF Film Circuit: SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna (Edge of the Knife)

Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4



SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna (Edge of the Knife)

Co-directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna’s story draws on the Haida legend of the Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid, or “Wildman.” When a man experiences a tragedy on a fishing retreat in remote 19th-century Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, the torment drives him deep into the forest, where he is transformed.

Described as a landmark work of cinema, SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna (Edge of the Knife) is the world’s first Haida-language feature film.

In Haida with English and French subtitles.


Before joining us for the film, we encourage you to view Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel (free admission after 5 pm) and enjoy dinner at 7 Tapas Bar in the Scotiabank Great Hall. 7 Tapas Bar offers an outstanding selection of wines paired with a one-of-a-kind menu. Every Thursday evening, from 5 pm to closing, enjoy 7 Tapas Bar’s special $7 food menu. Add a draft beer or small house wine for only $7 more. 

6:30 pm: Film screening in the Auditorium, with opening remarks by Steven Loft, Director, Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, Canada Council for the Arts, and Greg Hill, Audain Senior Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada.

Free event.   

Please note that the post-screening onstage conversation that was previously advertised has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Pre-purchased tickets will be reimbursed fully. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Presented in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts


Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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