The Smithsonian Institution presents a viewing from the Mother Tongue Film Festival at the Embassy Theatre. After the short, and the feature-length film, a panel will discuss the films and answer questions.
“The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world over four days of free screenings in Washington, D.C.
The first feature-length Haida film, Edge of the Knife, tells a story of pride, tragedy, and penance.
Edge of the Knife draws its name from a Haida saying, “The world is as sharp as a knife,” reminding us that as we walk along, we have to be careful not to fall off one side or the other. Set in the 19th century against the backdrop of the rain forest and storm-ravaged Pacific coast of Haida Gwaii, the film is an adaptation of one of Haida’s most popular stories, sustained over the years through song and performance.
Tickets are not required for this event