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the mountain of sgaana

Christopher Auchter | CANADA | 2017 | 10 MIN | animation

Sunday 22 October 2017 | 11:00 AM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
Toronto Premiere

Screening as part of The Land Within

A wondrous tale of a young man stolen away to the spirit world by a SGaana (the Haida word for orca), and the young woman who rescues him. Will the lovers manage to escape the SGaana’s undersea mountain, or will they forever become part of the spirit world? This dream-like gem brilliantly entwines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, which are brought to life by a rich, evocative palette and stylized effects.


Christopher Auchter (Haida) grew up roaming the beaches and forests of the Haida Gwaii and his art is rooted in the land and stories of the Haida people. In addition to his film practise, Christopher has worked in video game animation and has illustrated three children’s books and a graphic novel.