630pm - Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay
SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) is a 105 minute 2018 Canadian drama co-directed by Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw and Jaada Gyaahlangnaay Helen Haig-Brown. It is the first feature film spoken only in dialects of the Haida language (with subtitles). Set in 19th century Haida Gwaii, it tells the classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman.
The film was created primarily by indigenous people, including the co-directors, a mostly amateur crew, and the Haida cast. In 2017, Edge of the Knife actors were taught to speak Haida (endangered dialects with only 20 fluent speakers) at a two-week intensive training camp and throughout the five weeks of filming.
First shown on September 1, 2018 to the primary audience, Haida Gwaii residents, SGaawaay K’uuna made its public premiere six days later at the Toronto International Film Festival, which named the film in its Canada’s Top Ten list. At the Vancouver International Film Festival, the film was voted Best Canadian feature, Best BC Film, and Most Popular Film. Further nominations and awards have been presented to actors and costume designers.
“They say a fire calls you into the forest. The cold will make you desperate to catch the fire; but no matter how long you run, you cannot catch the fire. You run and run until your mind is sick and the spirits take you over. You become wild. You become Gaagiixid.”
The film is set in the 1800s in Haida Gwaii. 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.
Presented by World Community, I-Hos Gallery, Xyuu Xyahl Gaang.nga - Southeast Wind Dancers, Immigrant Welcome Society, and the Sid Williams Theatre Society.
This event features an opening Haida cultural performance by Xyuu Xyahl Gaang.nga - Southeast Wind Dancers. We’re thrilled to have director Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw join us for a post screening Q&A session via Skype.
Admission is by donation (suggested $8 or what you can afford). Doors to the lobby will open at 5 pm. Theatre entrance at 6 pm. FMI: 250 337 5412
The DuPont corporation revolutionized home cooking with Teflon’s non-stick cookware and its key chemical ingredient, C8. But how safe is it? World Community’s film series continues with a screening of the eco-thriller, The Devil We Know (88 min. - North Island College, Courtenay).
Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig says “As a mother, I was extremely shocked to learn there is no real oversight of industrial chemicals before they go to market in this country. We assume that if something is on store shelves, it’s safe – but that’s not the case.”
While concealing knowledge about C8’s harmful effects, DuPont contaminated the environment with chemical waste, failed to warn their employees about serious health risks and continued marketing Teflon products as safe. Now 99% of US citizens, including newborn babies, have C8 in their bloodstreams.
Internal documents and secret in-house studies reveal a disturbing truth: to maximize profits, DuPont had knowingly been pumping a poisonous chemical into the air and public water supply of more than 70,000 people for decades.
In a class-action lawsuit that led to a landmark decision, residents learned the true extent of the irreversible damage DuPont caused. This film exposes the depths of corporate greed as well as the perseverance of individuals who refused to go down without a fight.
Winner Impact Award Vancouver International Film Festival
Admission by donation. Everyone is welcome. FMI: 250 337-5412
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The votes are in from the recent World Community Film Festival and the audience picks for “Best of Fest” resulted in a tie between two inspirational films to be shown as a double bill.
First up will be Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives (63 min.) Singer, songwriter and social activist Holly Near has been performing for over 50 years and in the process created what Gloria Steinem called, “the first soundtrack of the women’s movement.”
Singing for Our Lives serves as an important testament to a time of protest, coalition building and international solidarity. Featuring Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, the late Ronnie Gilbert and others, this music-filled film speaks to anyone who believes in peace, justice, and equality.
Not to be missed is the newly-release film Treeline (40 min.) which celebrates the forests on which our species have always depended, and around which some skiers and snowboarders have based their entire lives. Follow a group of snow-seekers, scientists and healers as they explore the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecone pines of Nevada, delving deeper into the ways we are connected to trees and how trees network with each other. This is a beautiful, meditative film that will make you appreciate the importance of saving our forests.
Admission is by donation. All are welcome. FMI: 250 337 5412