Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Alanis Obomsawin
1993 | 1 h 59 min
In July 1990, a dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien’kéhaka (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’kéhaka 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.”

Prix et distinctions

  • Meilleur long métrage documentaire
    MEDIAWAVE / International Festival of Visual Arts, Györ
  • Prix spécial du Jury (film et vidéo) - catégorie: 5 - Affaires courantes
    Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival, San Francisco
  • Prix spécial
    Festival du film de Aotearoa, Whakatane
  • Prix American Indian Motion Picture - Meilleur long métrage documentaire
    Annual American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco
  • Prix spécial - Jury documentaire
    Festival international du film, Amiens
  • Prix "We are Sovereign"
    Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival, Minneapolis
  • Sesterce d'Argent - Prix spécial du Jury attribué à une oeuvre cinématographique
    Visions du Réel / Festival international du cinéma documentaire, Nyon
  • Prix ONF - Long métrage fiction - assorti d'une bourse de 500$, (ex aequo avec In the Land of the Deaf)
    Festival international du film, Vancouver
  • Prix d'Excellence - Meilleur montage
    Festival du Film de l'Atlantique, Halifax
  • Prix Toronto - CITY-TV pour le meilleur long métrage canadien - assorti d'une bourse de 25,000$
    Festival of Festivals, Toronto
  • Prix IDA - Réalisation exceptionnelle en film documentaire
    IDA Annual Awards Competition, Los Angeles