In a 19th-century summer, two large families gather for their annual fishing retreat on the far-removed island of Haida Gwaii. Adiits'ii, a charming nobleman, accidentally causes the death of his best friend Kwa's son and hastens into the wilderness. Adiits'ii is tormented by what he has done and spirals into insanity, becoming Gaagiixid, a supernatural being crazed by hunger. This is a rare film; the first feature to be made entirely in the Haida language of Pacific-coast Canada and co-directed by an indigenous woman. While it’s often as brutal as it is beautiful, it certainly offers a unique insight into a culture we may otherwise never witness.
Co-presented with Border Crossings Origins Festival