Rocks at Whiskey Trench

Director: Alanis Obomsawin Year: 2000 Run Time: 105min
Rocks at Whiskey Trench (Pluie de pierres à Whiskey Trench) (2000)

This affecting doc profiles a key element of the 1990 Oka crisis in which the Mohawk communities of Kahnawake and Kanehsatake stood against the Canadian military and Canadian citizens in a stand-off that turned violent.

On August 28, 1990, a convoy of 75 cars left the Mohawk community of Kahnawake and crossed Montreal’s Mercier Bridge—straight into an angry mob that pelted the vehicles with rocks. The targets of this violence were Mohawk women, children and elders leaving Kahnawake, in fear of a possible advance by the Canadian army. This film is the fourth in Alanis Obomsawin’s landmark series on the Mohawk rebellions that shook Canada in 1990.

Rocks at Whiskey Trench was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Documentary.


Alanis Obomsawin


Alanis Obomsawin


Alanis Obomsawin


Documentary, Drama





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Ratings by Province:

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