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Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance

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On a hot July day in 1990, an historic confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Québec, into the international spotlight and into the Canadian conscience. Director Alanis Obomsawin endured 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Québec police and the Canadian army. A powerful feature-documentary emerges that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, providing insight into the Mohawks' unyelding determination to protect their land.

1993, 119 min 15 s

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Best Long Documentary Award
MEDIAWAVE / International Festival of Visual Arts
April 28 to May 3 1997, Györ - Hungary

Special Jury Award in Division Film and Video - Category: 5 - Current Affairs
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
April 28 to May 12 1994, San Francisco - USA

Special Award
Aotearoa Film Festival
November 24 to 28 1993, Whakatane - New.Zealand

American Indian Motion Picture Awards - Best Documentary Feature Film
Annual American Indian Film Festival
November 11 to 20 1993, San Francisco - USA

Special Award - Documentary Jury
International Film Festival
November 5 to 13 1993, Amiens - France

IDA Award - Distinguished Documentary Achievement
IDA Annual Awards Competition
November 5 1993, Los Angeles - USA

"We are Sovereign" Award
Two Rivers Native Film and Video Festival
October 21 to 24 1993, Minneapolis - USA

Silver Sesterce - Special Jury Award given to a cinematographic work
Visions du Réel / Festival international du cinéma documentaire
October 11 to 17 1993, Nyon - Switzerland

NFB Feature Documentary Award - with a cash prize of 500$ (Tied with In the Land of the Deaf)
International Film Festival
October 1 to 17 1993, Vancouver - Canada

Award of Excellence for Best Editing
Atlantic Film Festival
September 24 to October 3 1993, Halifax - Canada

CITY TV Award for Best Canadian Feature Film - with a cash prize of 25,000$
International Film Festival
September 9 to 18 1993, Toronto - Canada