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Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance  (1993) / Lye  (2005)

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993)
October 19, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (Canada, 1993)

Directed by
Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki).

Alanis Obomsawin’s landmark documentary chronicles the cataclysmic 1990 standoff that occurred between the Canadian Army, Quebec police, and members of the Mohawk Nation determined to defend their land from the planned encroachment of a golf course.  The astounding incidents, captured by Obomsawin during the 78-day ordeal, form a double portrait: of an indifferent government, and a people prepared to maintain their dignity at any cost.

National Film Board of Canada.  Producer: Wolf Koenig, Colin Neale.  Screenwriter: Alanis Obomaswin.  Cinematographer: François Brault, Zoe Dirse.  Editor: Yurij Luhovy.  Cast: Alanis Obomsawin.

HDCam, color, 119 min.

Preceded by

Lye (2005)

Directed by
Dax Thomas (Laguna/Acoma).

Director Dax Thomas’ impressionistic short, appropriating existing footage, deconstructs the supposed beauty and the inexorability of images of empire and its violent expansion.

BetaSP, color, 5 min.