Six Nations Tourism Presents Movie Monday: Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance
Date: July 29 @ 7PM
Cost: Admission by Donation
From director Alanis Obomsawin, “Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance” tells the story of the Oka Crisis, which held the attention of the entire country in the summer of 1990. This riveting documentary is Six Nations Tourism‘s selection for July’s Movie Monday presentation.
In July 1990, a dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) lands in Oka, Quebec, set the stage for a historic confrontation that would grab international headlines and sear itself into the Canadian consciousness. Director Alanis Obomsawin, at times with a small crew, at times alone, spent 78 days behind Kanien’kehaka lines filming the armed standoff between protestors, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. Released in 1993, this landmark documentary has been seen around the world, winning over a dozen international awards and making history at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it became the first documentary ever to win the Best Canadian Feature award. Jesse Wente, Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, has called it a “watershed film in the history of First Peoples cinema”.
Admission is by donation, and refreshments and popcorn will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your refillable water bottle, or purchase your very own from Six Nations Tourism.
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.
Showing will be at the Gathering Place by the Grand, with doors opening at 6:30PM. Arrive early to get the best seat.