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. Pathbreaking filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin – at times with a small crew, at times alone – spent 78 days behind Kanien’kéhaka lines filming the armed standoff between protesters, the Quebec police, and the Canadian army. The result is a uniquely harrowing, unsettling, and impactful cinematic experience.
One of the most important Canadian films of all time, 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. In addition to Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, this disc includes the three subsequent films in Obomsawin’s acclaimed Oka Crisis quartet – My Name Is Kahentiiosta, Spudwrench: Kahnawake Man, and the feature-length Rocks at Whiskey Trench – expanding on key incidents, characters, and themes from the original film.
Region A Blu-ray
Scanned and restored in 2K from the 16mm interpositive
Commentary featuring director Alanis Obomsawin and professor Monika Kin Gagnon
My Name Is Kahentiiosta (1995, 30 min.)
Spudwrench: Kahnawake Man (1997, 58 min.)
Rocks at Whiskey Trench (2000, 106 min.)
Booklet featuring writing on Obomsawin’s Oka Crisis series by Faye Ginsburg, Audra Simpson, and Robert Verrall
Reversible cover artwork
English SDH subtitles for all four films
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