Rocks at Whiskey Trench

In the summer of 1990, one of the more shocking developments of the Oka stand-off of Kahnawake was the day when approximately 75 vehicles from Kahnawake, mainly with women, children and elderly Natives, were stoned by angry LaSalle residents as they attempted to leave the reserve. This film explores that incident, intercutting current testimonials from both Natives and Chateauguay residents, as well as news footage of the day.

From the playlist : Alanis Obomsawin Retrospective

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

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Film 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
re-recording mixer
Jean Paul Vialard
producer
Alanis Obomsawin

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