Rocks at Whiskey Trench

Rocks at Whiskey Trench

| 1 h 45 min
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Stories of resistance, strength and perseverance are laid bare in this examination of a dark day in Canadian history. At the height of tensions at Oka, Quebec, in 1990, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) women, children and Elders fled their community of Kahnawake out of fear for their safety. Once past the Canadian Army that surrounded their home, they were assaulted by angry non-Indigenous protesters who pelted their convoy with rocks. This visceral display of hatred and violence – rarely seen so publicly in Canada – shocked the nation and revealed the severity of the dangers that faced the Kanien’kehá:ka in their struggle to defend a sacred site.

This film is the fourth in Alanis Obomsawin’s landmark series on the Mohawk resistance at Oka that would become a pivot point in contemporary relationships between Indigenous nations and Canada.

This doc profiles a key element of the 1990 Oka crisis in which the Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Kanehsatake stood against the Canadian military and Canadian citizens in a stand-off that turned violent.

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Credits
  • writer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • narrator
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • editor
    Yurij Luhovy
  • original music composer
    Claude Vendette
    Francis Grandmont
  • camera
    Roger Rochat
    René Sioui Labelle
    Philippe Amiguet
  • location sound
    Raymond Marcoux
    Ismaël Cordeiro
    Yves St-Jean
  • song
    Margaret Beauvais Jocks
  • sound editor
    Don Ayer
    Tony Reed
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • voice
    Guy Nadon
  • drawings
    Robert Verrall
    Susan Phillips
    Conway Jocks
  • research
    Denise Beaugrand-Champagne
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Thea Pratt
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording mixer
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner