Spudwrench - Kahnawake Man
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Spudwrench - Kahnawake Man

| 57 min
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This documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin introduces us to Randy Horne, a high steel worker from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, near Montreal. As a defender of his people's culture and traditions, he was known as "Spudwrench" during the 1990 Oka crisis. Offering a unique look behind the barricades at one man's impassioned defence of sacred territory, the film is both a portrait of Horne and the generations of daring Mohawk construction workers that have preceded him.

Randy Horne, aka Spudwrench, was so badly beaten while I was filming Kanehsatake, I decided to do a film that focused on him and his experiences. There are so many Mohawks who work with steel that it was a chance to explore this whole other story while tying it to the Oka Crisis. I felt he deserved to tell his story.

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Credits
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Don Haig
  • script
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • camera
    Savas Kalogeras
    Zoe Dirse
    Martin Duckworth
    Michel Bissonnette
    Yves Beaudoin
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Lynda Pelley
  • editing
    Donna Read
  • location sound
    Ismaël Cordeiro
    Raymond Marcoux
    Richard Lavoie
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • sound editing
    Wojtek Klis
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • music
    Claude Vendette
    Francis Grandmont