Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  129 minutes
Date:  1993
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance

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Examines the historic confrontation between the Mohawks, Québec police, and the Canadian army that propelled Native issues into the international spotlight and into the Canadian conscience.

Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance

On a hot July day in 1990, an historic confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Québec, into the international spotlight and into the Canadian conscience.

Director Alanis Obomsawin endured 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Québec police and the Canadian army. A powerful feature-documentary emerges that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, providing insight into the Mohawks' unyelding determination to protect their land.

“Such a powerful film! A testament to the strength of the human spirit! Long live the Resistance!” “Alanis Obomswain is a Modern day Storyteller. The true stories of the unjust treatment is not taught in our schools, not in our History books,and our Governments exceed Hitler in Human Rights Abuse. Each day we must be thankful for the fighting Warrior Spirit Grandfather has instilled in us! It is through the media as Alanis proves up that we are capable of change! Aho Alanis for your Warrior Spirit! ”


Canada, Halifax, Atlantic Film Festival, 24-Sep-1993, Canada, Toronto, Festival of Festivals, 09-Sep-1993, Canada, Vancouver, International Film Festival, 01-Oct-1993, France, Amiens, International Film Festival, 05-Nov-1993, Hungary, Györ, MEDIAWAVE / International Festival of Visual Arts, 28-Apr-1997, New Zealand, Whakatane, Aotearoa Film Festival, 24-Nov-1993, Switzerland, Nyon, Visions du Réel / Festival international du cinéma documentaire, 11-Oct-1993, USA, Los Angeles, IDA Annual Awards Competition, 05-Nov-1993, USA, Minneapolis, Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival, 21-Oct-1993, USA, San Francisco, Annual American Indian Film Festival, 11-Nov-1993, USA, San Francisco, Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival, 28-Apr-1994


Main credits

Obomsawin, Alanis (film director)
Obomsawin, Alanis (screenwriter)
Obomsawin, Alanis (narrator)
Obomsawin, Alanis (film producer)
Koenig, Wolf (film producer)

Other credits

Edited by Yurij Luhovy; camera, Roger Rochat [and 9 others]; original music composed by Claude Vendette, Francis Grandmont.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Indigenous Studies

Distributor subjects

War, Conflict and Peace
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Politics and Government - Canada
National Security and Defence
Mohawk Indians


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