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On a hot July day in 1990, an historic confrontation propelled Indigenous 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 Indigenous struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, providing insight into the Mohawks' unyelding determination to protect their land.



Writing: Alanis Obomsawin
Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Editing: Yurij Luhovy
Photography: Roger Rochat
Photography: Jean-Claude Labrecque
Photography: Philippe Amiguet
Photography: Susan Trow
Photography: François Brault
Photography: Barry Perles
Photography: Zoe Dirse
Photography: Jocelyn Simard
Photography: André-Luc Dupont
Photography: Savas Kalogeras
Sound: Raymond Marcoux
Sound: Robert Verebely
Sound: Ismaël Cordeiro
Sound: Marie-France Delagrave
Sound: Catherine Van Der Donckt
Sound: Serge Fortin
Sound: Juan Gutiérrez
Music: Claude Vendette
Music: Francis Grandmont
Sound: Tony Reed
Sound: Don Ayer
Voice and Narration: Jack Burning
Voice and Narration: Herbie Barnes
Consultant: Alanis Obomsawin
Voice and Narration: Alanis Obomsawin
Art and Design: Robert Verrall
Sound: Jean-Pierre Joutel
Sound: Michel Chalut
Photography: Pierre Landry
Photography: Lynda Pelley
Producer: Wolf Koenig
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Colin Neale

Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance

1993, Obomsawin, Alanis

198 min 35 s


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