Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

(Canada, 2015, 75 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Bill Woodworth, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Alex Martinuik, Allan Wilson, Jaalen Edenshaw, John Broadhead
EXEC Kevin Eastwood, Murray Battle
PROD Tina Schliessler, Charles Wilkinson
CAM Charles Wilkinson, Tina Schliessler
ED Charlies Wilkinson, Tina Schliessler
MUS Charles Wilkinson, Tyler Pearson
PROD CO Shore Films Inc.
Awards: Best Canadian Feature Documentary, Hot Docs 15


VIFF favourites Charles Wilkinson and Tina Schliessler (Peace Out, Oil Sands Karaoke) complete their eco-trilogy with a paean to breathtaking Haida Gwaii and the spirited people who populate it. The natural beauty of this culturally rich archipelago has served as a backdrop for tragedies such as outbreaks of smallpox and the exploitation of natural resources. And yet, the Haida Nation remains undaunted, drawing on 14,000 years of tradition in preparing for a showdown over the Northern Gateway pipeline and planning for a more sustainable future.

"So much more than a profile of this remarkable place and the cast of characters who populate it, this film captures the heart and heartbreak of the clashes it has seen, primarily over logging (in an unforgettable interview, a former police officer, who is Haida, recalls having to arrest his auntie at a protest). And it hints at what’s to come in a showdown over Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. As one resident warns and promises: ’We are ready to fight, believe me.’"—Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail

Preceded By: Debris

DIR John Bolton / Canada, 2015, 15 min.

An “intertidal artist” ambitiously crafts a memorial out of the marine debris from the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami that washes ashore in Tofino.

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