Rocks at Whiskey Trench
Catalogue Number: NFB524679
Producer: National Film Board Of Canada
Producers: Alanis Obomsawin, Sally Bochner
Directors: Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies: National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Social Issues, Social Studies, Violence
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2000
Running Time: 105:28
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Stories of resistance, strength and perseverance are laid bare in this examination of a dark day in Canadian history. At the height of tensions at Oka, Quebec, in 1990, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) women, children and Elders fled their community of Kahnawake out of fear for their safety. Once past the Canadian Army that surrounded their home, they were assaulted by angry non-Indigenous protesters who pelted their convoy with rocks. This visceral display of hatred and violence – rarely seen so publicly in Canada – shocked the nation and revealed the severity of the dangers that faced the Kanien’kehá:ka in their struggle to defend a sacred site.
This film is the fourth in Alanis Obomsawin’s landmark series on the Mohawk resistance at Oka that would become a pivot point in contemporary relationships between Indigenous nations and Canada.