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