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


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