HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, commissioned by British Columbia’s Knowledge Network and produced by B.C. filmmakers Charles Wilkinson, Tina Schliessler, and Kevin Eastwood, has won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto.
“We are absolutely thrilled that HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD has received top honours at Hot Docs,”said Murray Battle, Director of Original Content and Brand at Knowledge Network. “We’re proud to support B.C. independent producers, and it’s great to see their films attract audiences and awards outside our province.”
Haida Gwaii, the breathtakingly beautiful archipelago off the British Columbia Northwest Coast, is home to a dedicated community uniting to protect land and sea for the next generation. In HAIDA GWAII: ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, Haida hereditary Chief Allan Wilson, renowned activist Guujaaw and eco-activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki work alongside scientists, organic farmers, artists and quirky islanders to create a synergy of sustainable development.
Sponsored by the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award includes a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Hot Docs. The Jury stated, “We were impressed by the stunning cinematography, the depth of the characters and the beautiful presentation that spoke not just to this gripping story but also to the universal message of how we as a society treat and exploit indigenous people.”
The documentary will have its world broadcast premiere on Knowledge Network early in 2016.