The Roxy Theater, in partnership with Nl?ay Indigenous Film Festival, is proud to present Indigenous Cinema, a weekly series in November highlighting indigenous stories in honor of National Native American Heritage Month.
Throughout the month we will be hosting a program of short films from Art House Convergence and Sundance Institute's Indigenous Program alongside our feature film program. 1-2 short films will shown prior to each feature film, and a panel discussion will follow all screenings.
Sponsored by Humanities Montana.
Edge of the Knife is a 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. Inspired by one of the Haida people’s most popular vital stories – the Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid (or Wildman) – this is a transformation tale with an uncertain ending. The Gaagiixiid/Gaagiid story describes the fate of the young charismatic Adiits’ii, who, as the lone survivor of a disaster at sea, stranded far from home, instinctively clings to life. In his struggle with the elements, he survives, against all odds, but what lives on has little resemblance to his former humanity. In his guilt over the accident, compounded by his isolation, he loses his humanity and he becomes a Wildman, existing in a feral state. In our version of this story, interwoven families are torn apart when Adiitsii’s reckless acts lead to a tragedy. While Adiitsii deals with his own struggle for survival through a harsh winter in the wild, conflicting emotions of jealousy and revenge, sadness and the desire for reconciliation, divide his grieving family and community. A year passes before the families can return to the site of the accident, their summer fishing camp, and there they see indications that Adiitsii might still be alive. But can he be captured and reintegrated into the community, or must his family and community accept that he is a lost soul? Does Adiits’ii have a choice over his fate?
Accompanied by the short film Shinaab, Part II (8 minutes), Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians).