Director: Alanis ObomsawinWriter(s): ALANIS OBOMSAWIN
The Oka Crisis in July of 1990 was a critical moment in Canadian history and a turning point for Indigenous affairs. That summer, the small Quebec community was thrust into the international spotlight when members of the Mohawk Nation blocked access to reserve lands which the predominantly white community of Oka wanted to develop into a golf course.
Master filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nail-biting days filming the armed stand-off. 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 several awards from film festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival’s Best Canadian Feature Film prize in 1993.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, legendary Abenaki filmmaker Obomsawin has made documentaries on issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada, including Trick or Treaty? and Is the Crown at War with Us? Her 50th film, Our People Will Be Healed, premiered at TIFF 2017.
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