215 36 Ave NE #1A, Calgary, AB, T2E 2L4
As part of its ongoing free film screening series, Congress Coffee in Calgary is showing the following NFB film:
Rocks at Whiskey Trench (Alanis Obomsawin | 2000 | 1h 45 m)
Stories of resistance, strength and perseverance are laid bare in this examination of a dark day in Canadian history. At the height of tensions at Oka, Quebec, in 1990, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) women, children and Elders fled their community of Kahnawake out of fear for their safety. Once past the Canadian Army that surrounded their home, they were assaulted by angry non-Indigenous protesters who pelted their convoy with rocks. This visceral display of hatred and violence – rarely seen so publicly in Canada – shocked the nation and revealed the severity of the dangers that faced the Kanien’kehá:ka in their struggle to defend a sacred site.
This film is the fourth in Alanis Obomsawin’s landmark series on the Mohawk resistance at Oka that would become a pivot point in contemporary relationships between Indigenous nations and Canada.
Learn more about the film here.
Find more information on upcoming screenings on the Congress Coffee website.