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In July 1990, a dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien'kéhaka (Mohawk) lands in Oka, Quebec, set the stage for an historic confrontation that would grab international headlines and sear itself into the Canadian consciousness. Director Alanis Obomsawin — at times with a small crew, at times alone — spent 78 days behind Kanien'kéhaka lines filming the armed standoff between protestors, the Québec police and the Canadian army. Released in 1993, this landmark documentary has been seen around the world, winning over a dozen international awards and making history at the Toronto International Film Festival where it became the first documentary to ever win the Best Canadian Feature Award. Jesse Wente, Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, has called it a “watershed film in the history of First Peoples cinema.”



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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