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Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

May 8, 2015 | News, Uncategorized

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Winner, Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2015

At a stunning low altitude, aerial cinematography sweeps over the Haida Gwaii, a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago off the British Columbia Northwest Coast. It takes us into the geographic heart of the Haida Gwaiian people, who thrived for more than 10,000 years until they were decimated through disease, rampant commercial logging and industrial over-fishing since contact. Today, the Haida Nation is recovering, exerting their sovereignty and winning battles against unsustainable logging and fishing.

Award-winning director Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke, Peace Out) turns his camera on the unique community uniting to protect land and sea for the next generation. Haida hereditary Chief Allan Wilson, renowned activist Guujaaw and non-indigenous eco-activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki work alongside scientists, organic farmers, artists and quirky islanders to create a synergy of sustainable development. But Haida Gwaii sits squarely in the path of the proposed Tar Sands seaway to Asia. The desperate fight to protect land and sea may be just beginning. Lynne Fernie (reprinted from Hot Docs website)

Co-presented at Hot Docs by Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

Plans are underway to show this documentary at various film festivals and on the Knowledge Network.

Audience and media reaction to the film has been extremely favourable. Click on the trailer above to find out more.

"…spectacular, unforgettable"
Globe & Mail

"… needs to be seen by all Canadians"
The Extra Mile

"…Some of the most important environmental documentaries being made in the world include the work of director Charles Wilkinson"
The Film Corner


Director(s):                             Charles Wilkinson
Producer(s):                            Charles Wilkinson and Tina Schliessler
Executive Producer(s):          Kevin Eastwood and Murray Battle