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Kanesatake: 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.
"The film transports the viewer to the barricades and camps,achieving a powerful immediacy and devastating logic" - Toronto Globe and Mail
"Mohawk historical narratives can be re-articulated and Native struggles for self-determination can be legitimized"-Zuzana Pick
"..gaze of the Mohawk Other that reads colonialism as white state-sponsored terrorism" -Christopher E. Gittings
Film Details
Feature
1993
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Credits
Director: 
Alanis Obomsawin
Director: 
Aaron Floresco
Producer: 
Wolf Koenig
Executive Producer: 
Colin Neale
Editor: 
Yurij Luhovy
Writer: 
Alanis Obomsawin
Cinematographer: 
Andre-Luc Dupont
Film Composer: 
Claude Vendette
Awards and Festivals
1993, Vancouver International Film Festival -- NFB Feature Documentary Award
1993, Atlantic Film Festival -- Award of Excellence for Best Editing
1993, Toronto International Film Festival -- CityTV Award for best Canadian First Feature Film
1993, Toronto International Film Festival
1993, Atlantic Film Festival
1993, Vancouver International Film Festival

Kanesatake: 270 Years of Resistance