Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
is a 1993 feature-length film documentary film by Alanis Obomsawin
Alanis Obomsawin, OC is a Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent. Born in New Hampshire, and raised primarily in Quebec, she has produced and directed many National Film Board of Canada documentaries on First Nations culture and history...
, chronicling the 1990 Oka Crisis
The Oka Crisis was a land dispute between a group of Mohawk people and the town of Oka, Quebec, Canada which began on July 11, 1990 and lasted until September 26, 1990. At least one person died as a result...
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
The National Film Board of Canada is Canada's twelve-time Academy Award-winning public film producer and distributor. An agency of the Government of Canada, the NFB produces and distributes documentary, animation, alternative drama and digital media productions...
, the film won 18 Canadian and international awards, including the Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association
International Documentary Association , founded in 1982, is a non-profit organization promoting documentary film, video and new media, to support the efforts of documentary filmmaking and video production makers around the world and to increase public appreciation and demand for the art of the...
and the CITY TV Award for Best Canadian Feature Film from the Toronto Festival of Festivals.
Rejected by Mark Starowicz
Mark Starowicz, is a Canadian journalist and producer.Born in Worksop, England, the son of son of Polish émigrés, he and his family immigrated to Montreal in 1954. He received a B.A. from McGill University in 1968. In 1964, he started as a reporter for the Montreal Gazette...
of CBC Television
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, the film premiered in England, instead, on Channel Four. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
made its North American premiere at the Toronto Festival of Festivals.
In his book, Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker
, film scholar Randolph Lewis writes:
Brian McIlroy, in his chapter on Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
for the book The Cinema of Canada
, states that: