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My Name Is Kahentiiosta ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523700
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Alanis Obomsawin, Don Haig
Directors:  Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Biography, Canadian Politics, Criminal Justice & Law, Diversity, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Health and Medicine, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Social Issues, Women's Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1995
Running Time:  29m 49s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Arrested after the 78-day armed standoff during the 1990 Oka crisis, Kahentiiosta, a young Kahnawake Mohawk woman proud of her centuries-old heritage, is detained four days longer than the other women. Her crime? The prosecutor representing the Quebec government will not accept her Indigenous name. From the perspective of Kahentiiosta, we witness the arrest and detention of those who withdrew to the Treatment Centre after the Canadian Army advanced, and we learn why Kahentiiosta was prepared to die to protect the land and trees sacred to the Mohawk people of Kanehsatake.



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