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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Ottawa Premiere of "Rocks at Whiskey Trench", Bytowne, Nov. 2
WORLD INTER-ACTION MONDIALE
presents the Ottawa Premiere of
"Rocks at Whiskey Trench"
A film by Alanis Obomsawin
On August 28, 1990, a convoy of 75 cars left the Mohawk community of
Kahnawake and filed across Montreal's Mercier Bridge -- straight into
a horrifying mob that pelted the vehicles with rocks. The targets of
this violence were Mohawk women, children and elders leaving
Kahnawake in fear of a possible advance by the Canadian army.
"The fact that it happened here, in this country, suggests some very
deep problems. How long will it take for the wounds to heal? I don't
know. Maybe not in my lifetime. "
- Alwyn Morris, Kahnawake resident and Olympic gold medallist
A painstakingly researched social document, Rocks at Whiskey Trench
looks back at the events leading up to and following the August 28
attack. It also delves into the history of Kahnawake and how the
community has been harmed by the appropriations of land that have
seen it shrink to a mere third of its original size.
Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada's
most distinguished documentary filmmakers. Obomsawin began her career
as a singer, writer and storyteller, but dove into filmmaking in 1967
with Christmas at Moose Factory, which she wrote and directed. Since
then, Obomsawin has made over 20 uncompromising documentaries on
issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada, as well as 2
educational kits. Rocks At Whiskey Trench is her fourth film in a
series on the 1990 Oka crisis.
Join us for the Ottawa premiere of "Rocks At Whiskey Trench":
Bytowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street (between King Edward and Nelson)
Thursday, November 2 at 6:45 pm
Tickets: $7, available in advance from the Bytowne Cinema
Proceeds from the screening of "Rocks at Whiskey Trench" will go to
support the global education work of World Inter-Action Mondiale.
Call us at (613) 238-4659 or visit our web site: http://www.web.net/-wia
With thanks to the National Film Board for their support and assistance.
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