In July of 1990, the Oka Crisis was a critical moment in contemporary Canadian history and a turning point for Indigenous affairs. That summer, as the small Quebec community was thrust into the international spotlight, master filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nail-biting days filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks of Kanehsatake, Quebec, the Quebec police and the Canadian army.
This powerful documentary takes you right to the heart of the action, painting a sensitive and deeply affecting portrait of the people behind the barricades.
Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Best Canadian Feature Film prize.
STAFF PICK: "Alanis Obomsawin's fearless documentary takes us behind the frontlines of the Kanehsatake/Oka Crisis and paints a brilliant portrait of a community who fought back in the face of racism and cultural oppression. Should be mandatory viewing for all humans." —Meg
Wolf Koenig, Colin Neale, Alanis Obomsawin
English, Dubbed in French
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance is filmed and set in Quebec. Alanis Obomsawin is from Ontario.