My Name Is Kahentiiosta

This documentary short by Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Kahentiiosta, a young Kahnawake Mohawk woman arrested after the Oka Crisis' 78-day armed standoff in 1990. She was detained 4 days longer than the other women. Her crime? The prosecutor representing the Quebec government did not accept her aboriginal name.

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  • LuvinJesus2

    “I was at McMaster University taking the Addictions Counselling Course and there were many natives there. On one Sunday, when the crisis had first begun, we all met for prayer. We kept praying daily till the course ended. I rejoiced when it was ended...I spoke about it in my classes (I taught ESL) and the kids all loved 'Lasagna'...this is one of the saddest moments in the 20th Century of Canada, and I am disgusted that Canada's army had so little respect for the members of a nation within our nation. That the judge balked at using any other name but an English name is pure bigotry. I am so happy she stood up to them and did not back down. A name is important. 'They already took so much from us', was a good reply. (tears) Trish” — LuvinJesus2, 5 May 2013

  • aukjesreflections

    “I remember as if it were yesterday - the day the Oka Crisis ended --- I was on the way to a Reserve in Alberta -where I was working--listening to the radio - had to stop the car and weep -- weep for the courageous acts, for the deaf ears, and for the need of people who had defended their land to go back and look after families and life... This film brought it all back --- it also gives it such a hopeful spin. Thank you. ” — aukjesreflections, 7 Jan 2012

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Film Credits

director
Alanis Obomsawin
producer
Alanis Obomsawin
script
Alanis Obomsawin
camera
Jean-Claude Labrecque
André-Luc Dupont
Susan Trow
Roger Rochat
Zoe Dirse
Sylvain Julienne
Alanis Obomsawin
animation camera
Raymond Dumas
Pierre Landry
Jacques Avoine
Lynda Pelley
sound
Raymond Marcoux
Ismaël Cordeiro
Hans Oomes
Alanis Obomsawin
editing
Ruby-Marie Dennis
sound editing
Don Ayer
re-recording
Jean-Pierre Joutel
music
Claude Vendette
Francis Grandmont

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