Toronto: Special Screening: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Press Release:

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Special anniversary screening in HD with filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Toronto, September 15, 2008
– The NFB Mediatheque and DOC Toronto are pleased to welcome Alanis Obomsawin for a special anniversary screening in HD of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m.

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. In May 2008, Obomsawin received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

For one special evening we invite you to meet Alanis as she shares her personal insight about the making of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance.

Behind Mohawk lines during the summer of 1990, Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 days and nights filming an armed standoff between the Kanehsatake Mohawk people, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. A powerful feature-documentary emerges that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, providing insight into the Mohawks’ unyielding determination to protect their land.

This is the first of four films that Obomsawin would make about the Oka crisis, an event that galvanized Aboriginal resistance across North America.  The four films have been re-released by the National Film Board as a commemorative DVD box-set, 270 Years of Resistance, complete with a booklet of essays, available for sale at the NFB Mediatheque.

For further information on how to purchase tickets for this event please visit the NFB Mediatheque website at www.nfb.ca/mediatheque.

About the Mediatheque and the NFB

The NFB Mediatheque is a state-of-the-art multimedia facility in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. A public access point for groundbreaking films from the NFB and around the world, the NFB Mediatheque’s digital viewing stations, educational programming, and special screenings have attracted more than 500,000 visitors since it opened its doors in 2002. www.nfb.ca/mediatheque

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and distinctive social issues documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. Since its founding in 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. For more information about the NFB, or to order films, go to www.nfb.ca/ or call 1-800-267-7710.

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Media Contacts:

Melissa Wheeler, Promotions & Community Relations Officer, (416) 973.0896, m.wheeler@nfb.ca
Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist, (416) 954.1384, j.mair@nfb.ca

Office National du Film - National Film Board
For one exceptional evening we invite you to meet Alanis Obomsawin for a special anniversary screening in HD of
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
The camera of Alanis Obomsawin does not simply see. It speaks. And it listens. What it hears are North America’s First Peoples — the Aboriginal voices so often cast aside and overlooked in official history.
Alanis will share insight into the making of this powerful, feature length documentary that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle.

Friday, September 26 at 7 PM

BUY YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE
$6 | $4 students, seniors, NFB members
150 John street (corner Richmond)
For more information 416.973.3012
www.nfb.ca/mediatheque
Office National du Film - National Film Board
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