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Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

| 1 h 59 min

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 a 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 Quebec 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 ever to 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.”

This film contains scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • writer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • editor
    Yurij Luhovy
  • camera
    Roger Rochat
    Jean-Claude Labrecque
    Philippe Amiguet
    Susan Trow
    François Brault
    Barry Perles
    Zoe Dirse
    Jocelyn Simard
    André-Luc Dupont
    Savas Kalogeras
  • additional photography
    Sylvain Julienne
    Jean-Pierre Rancourt
    Marcel Poulin
  • still photographer
    Robert Galbraith
    John Kenney
    Ryan Remiorz
  • location sound
    Raymond Marcoux
    Robert Verebely
    Ismaël Cordeiro
    Marie-France Delagrave
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
    Serge Fortin
    Juan Gutiérrez
  • original music composer
    Claude Vendette
    Francis Grandmont
  • musician
    Claude Vendette
    Francis Grandmont
    Pierre Gauthier
  • traditional song
    Leonard, Chef Nelson
    Tom Paul
  • assistant camera
    Michel Bissonnette
    Jocelyn Simard
    Michel Motard
    Stephen Reizes
    Yves Beaudoin
    Nash Read
    Simon Leblanc
    Guylaine Dionne
    Jeff Patenaude
  • electrician
    Guy Rémillard
    Roger Martin
    François Warot
    Jean Berthiaume
  • first assistant editor
    Carrie Katz
  • second assistant editor
    Ruby-Marie Dennis
  • cutting room assistant
    René Robitaille
    Claudia Morgado
    Doreen Steven
    Sia Koukoulas
  • sound editor
    Tony Reed
    Don Ayer
  • assistant sound editor
    Donna Vekteris
  • music editor
    Chris Crilly
  • assistant music editor
    Catherine Merklinger
  • voice
    Jack Burning
    Herbie Barnes
  • research
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • narrator
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • production assistant
    Julie Ferland
  • original drawings
    Robert Verrall
  • re-recording mixer
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • apprentice mixer
    Terry Mardini
  • voice recording
    Michel Chalut
  • music recording studio
    Studio 270
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Lynda Pelley
  • visual optical
    Susan Gourley
  • title design
    Val Teodori
  • graphic artist
    Kate De Volpi
  • studio administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
  • post-production coordinator
    Grace Avrith
  • producer
    Wolf Koenig
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Colin Neale


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Ages 14 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Geography - Territory: Indigenous
History and Citizenship Education - Quebec Society Since 1980
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

Begin with a discussion of why Indigenous people feel so strongly about the need to protect their land. Discuss whether the government over-reacted by calling in the army. Could this dispute have been settled by any other means? Who would you consider “the bad guys” in this confrontation? Has this film challenged your views concerning Native issues in Canada? Were all parties involved represented fairly in this film?

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