Rocks at Whiskey Trench (Clip 5)

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  • Alanis Obomsawin,
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  • 37 s

This feature documentary 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. On August 28, 1990, a convoy of 75 cars left the Mohawk community of Kahnawake and crossed Montreal's Mercier Bridge—straight into an angry mob that pelted the vehicles with rocks. The targets of this violence were Mohawk women, children and elders leaving Kahnawake, in fear of a possible advance by the Canadian army. This film is the fourth in Alanis Obomsawin's landmark series on the Mohawk rebellions that shook Canada in 1990.

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This was my last film on the Oka Crisis. Everyone was talking about the rock throwing that was going on, and it always bothered me that we never heard from the people in the cars. They had no voice. So I decided to give them a voice. It was only after this film was done that I felt free, that I could walk away from this subject matter.

— Alanis Obomsawin


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