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Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance

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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 an 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 Québec 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 to ever 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.”

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
FIN: Atlantic International 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

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