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edge of the knife: filming indigenous mythologies

"They Say a Fire Calls You into the Forest"

We are burning!! Join myself Eda Elif Tibet and partner in crime Pavel Borecky at the closing of our 8th ETHNOKINO season “Ancient Futures”.

We will climax with an extremely unique film: the first feature made with the Haida people of the Canadian Archipelago.

How was it to film in an endangered language?

Edge of the Knife + William Russ on “filming indigenous mythologies”

Before we watch this magnificent award-winning film together, join us in the “making of” Zoom debate on filming indigenous mythologies with actor William Russ, one of the lead characters in the film.

16 December 2020 Talk followed by Film Screening: 19:30 CET Zoom - Meeting ID: 7609707461 Zoom - Password: 290898 or click here to join us: Join link:



Directors: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown Canada, 2018, 100 min.

Edge of the Knife is a classic Haida story of a traumatized and stranded man transformed into Gaagiixiid, the wildman.

It is the story of survival and redemption, secrets and self‐discovery, set against the backdrop of the tangled rainforest and storm-ravaged west coast of Haida Gwaii.

The mystery-thriller was produced in “nation-to-nation” communal manner with Zacharias Kunuk, director of the groundbreaking Inuit film “Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner”, as its Executive Producer.


Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival - President's Medal Award

CAFTCAD - Best Costume Design Vancouver International Film Festival - Best Film American Indian Film Festival - Best Film, Best Actor Leo Awards - Best Director, Best Costume, Best Film Vancouver Film Critics Circle - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor


Looking forward to meeting you,

Yours EthnoKino

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