Dr. Leonie Sandercock, director of SCARP's Indigenous Community Planning program, received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant to finance the development of the story and the screenplay for the first feature length film done entirely in the Haida language. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, 2018 and will be screened at the Vancouver Film Festival this October.
The first Haida language film could have lasting impacts
Sun Sep 9 2018
By: Cherise Seucharan
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Star Vancouver interviewed Leonie Sandercock, a UBC planning professor and one of the screenwriters on a Haida language film.
She discussed the challenges with teaching the film’s cast to speak the Haida language.
TIFF premiere: Sgaawaay K’uuna, the first feature film about the Haida people
Thu Sep 6 2018
The National Post published an op-ed from The Conversation by Leonie Sandercock, a professor with UBC’s school of community and regional planning, about a film that began as a collaboration between UBC, a film production company and the Haida nation.
“We hope the film will be a catalyst for language revitalization as well as community economic development,” Sandercock wrote.