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Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB520117
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Wolf Koenig, Alanis Obomsawin, Colin Neale
Directors:  Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Civics, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Geography, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1993
Running Time:  159:14
Closed Captions:  Yes

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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 an 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 Québec 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 to ever 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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