Weekly Indigenous Film Series: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (Obomsawin, 1993)


Weekly Indigenous Film Series | Thursday, October 5th  4-6pm | Room 233, Education Building, 3700 McTavish St

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993, Alanis Obomsawin, director, NFB, 116 min)

In July 1990, an historic confrontation propelled Indigenous issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Québec, into the international spotlight and into the Canadian conscience. Director Alanis Obomsawin worked for 78 days and nights to film the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Québec police and the Canadian army.

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance is a  powerful feature-documentary that takes the viewer right into the action of an age-old Indigenous struggle – the encroachment onto Indigenous lands. Twenty-seven years later in August 2017 Kanehsatake residents and supporters were again forced to call attention to further encroachment on their ancestral land. Obomsawin’s depiction of the people determined to protect their land is an enduring portrait of determination.


McGill's Faculty of Education and The P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts present the 2017 season of the Weekly Indigenous Film Series, facilitated by Lori Beavis and supported by McGill's Department of Integrated Studies in Education and the Institute for Human Development and Well-Being (IHDW).

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