Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Director: Alanis Obomsawin Year: 1993 Run Time: 119min

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

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Alanis Obomsawin


Alanis Obomsawin


Wolf Koenig, Colin Neale, Alanis Obomsawin




English, Dubbed in French

Closed Captioning:



Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance is filmed and set in Quebec. Alanis Obomsawin is from Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
G Québec
PG Saskatchewan
PG Yukon