Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

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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.”


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  • Original title
    Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • DOP
    Roger Rochat, Jean-Claude Labrecque
  • Editing
    Yurij Luhovy
  • Music
    Claude Vendette, Francis Grandmont
  • Duration
    119 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Melbourne International Film Festival
    • Poignant Regalia - Century Aboriginal Images & Breastplates
    • Viennale - International Film Festival
    • Native American Festival / Faculte visual arts and religion: Comparative study of religions, Belgium
    • Forum Droit de Parole, Belgium
    • De Filmplaneet vzw "Viewpoint: Documentary Now", Belgium
    • Mostra Atlantic de Documentario / DOCUMENTARY MEETING, Brazil
    • Atlantic Film Festival, Canada
    • Moving Pictures: The Festival of Dance on Film and Video, Canada
    • Festival of New Cinema, Canada
    • Genie Awards, Canada
    • Itinerant - INPUT / International Public Television Screening Conference, Canada
    • Land InSights, Canada
    • Festival du film de l'Outaouais, Canada
    • International Women's Film & Video Festival, Canada
    • Cinefest
    • Festival of Festivals, Canada
    • M.Joan Chalmers Documentarian Awards for Film & Video
    • Reel Aboriginal Film Festival - NFB 60th Anniversary
    • Environmental Film Festival / Green Screen, UK
    • Reflections of Endless Night, Finland
    • International Film Festival, France
    • MEDIAWAVE / International Festival of Visual Arts
    • International Film Festival for Documentary and Short Films, India
    • Neighbours" International Film Festival, Israel
    • Intercity Festival, Italy
    • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, japan
    • Aotearoa Film Festival, New Zealand
    • Film Art Fest, Slovenia
    • Documenta Madrid, Spain
    • Jokkmokk Film Festival Sweden
    • Visions du Réel / Festival international du cinéma documentaire
    • Earth Peace International Film Festival, USA
    • First Nations Film Festival, USA
    • Nations Native American Film & Video Festival, USA
    • Hawaii - International Film Festival, USA
    • DA Annual Awards Competition, USA
    • Margaret Mead Film Festival, USA
    • Sundance Film Festival, USA
    • Annual American Indian Film Festival, USA
    • Human Rights Film Festival USA
    • Talking Picture Festival, USA
    • Mountain Film Festival, USA
    • Montevideo International Film Festival, Uruguay
  • Awards
    • MEDIAWAVE / International Festival of Visual Arts
    • International Film Festival Canada - winner
    • Visions du Réel / Festival international du cinéma documentaire - award winner


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