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We have to think about the future generations...there's a long trail of broken promises.
A film account about the military 1990 siege of a Native American reserve near Oka, Quebec, Canada and its causes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jack Burning ... Chief Joseph (voice)
Herbie Barnes ... Chief Augnita (voice)

Alanis Obomsawin ... Narration (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ethel Blondin ... Herself
Ellen Gabriel ... Herself
Elijah Harper ... Himself
Ovide Mercredi ... Himself
Frank Natawe ... Himself
Bill Traverse ... Himself

Directed by
Alanis Obomsawin 
Writing credits
Alanis Obomsawin (written by)

Produced by
Wolf Koenig .... producer
Colin Neale .... executive producer
Alanis Obomsawin .... producer
Original Music by
Francis Grandmont (original music composed by)
Claude Vendette (original music composed by)
Cinematography by
Philippe Amiguet 
François Brault 
Zoe Dirse 
André-Luc Dupont 
Savas Kalogeras 
Jean-Claude Labrecque 
Barry Perles 
Roger Rochat 
Jocelyn Simard 
Susan Trow 
Film Editing by
Yurij Luhovy 
Art Department
Katy De Volpi .... graphic artist (as Katy de Volpi)
Robert Verrall .... original drawings
Sound Department
Don Ayer .... sound editor
Michael Chalut .... voice recording (as Michel Chalut)
Ismael Cordeiro .... location sound
Marie-France Delagrave .... location sound
Serge Fortin .... location sound
Juan Gutiérrez .... location sound (as Juan Gutierrez)
Jean-Pierre Joutel .... re-recording mixer
Raymond Marcoux .... location sound
Terry Mardini .... sound apprentice: mixer
Tony Reed .... sound editor
Catherine van der Donckt .... location sound (as Catherine Van Der Donckt)
Donna Vekteris .... assistant sound editor
Robert Verebely .... location sound
Visual Effects by
Susan Gourley .... visual optical
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Beaudoin .... assistant camera
Jean Berthiaume .... electrician
Michel Bissonnette .... assistant camera
Guylaine Dionne .... assistant camera
Robert Galbraith .... still photographer: book "This Land is Our Land"
Sylvain Julienne .... camera: Société Radio-Canada
John Kenney .... still photographer: The Gazette
Pierre Landry .... animation camera
Simon Leblanc .... assistant camera
Roger Martin .... electrician
Michel Motard .... assistant camera
Geoffrey Patenaude .... assistant camera (as Jeff Patenaude)
Lynda Pelley .... animation camera
Marcel Poulin .... camera: ACPAV
Jean-Pierre Rancourt .... camera: Quatre Saisons
Nash Read .... assistant camera
Stephen Reizes .... assistant camera
Ryan Remiorz .... still photographer: Canadian Press
Guy Rémillard .... electrician
Jocelyn Simard .... assistant camera
François Warot .... electrician
Editorial Department
Grace Avrith .... post-production coordinator
Ruby-Marie Dennis .... second assistant editor
Carrie Katz .... first assistant editor
Sia Koukoulas .... cutting room assistant
Claudia Morgado .... cutting room assistant
René Robitaille .... cutting room assistant
Doreen Stevens .... cutting room assistant
Music Department
Chris Crilly .... music editor
Pierre Gauthier .... musician: percussion
Francis Grandmont .... musician: guitar
Catherine Merklinger .... assistant music editor
Claude Vendette .... musician: flute
Other crew
Julie Ferland .... production assistant
Alanis Obomsawin .... research
Val Teodori .... title design
Marie Tonto-Donati .... studio administrator
Kim Bager .... special thanks
Gilles Boileau .... special thanks
Gérard Valet .... special thanks
Mark Zannis .... special thanks

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Major Alain Tremblay:I have a military job to do here, I'm going to do it!
"Mad Jap":Back your men up then.
Major Alain Tremblay:My men will back up as soon as your men are backing up.
"Mad Jap":They're backed up already.
Major Alain Tremblay:Oh yeah, prove it to me.
[speaking through a barricade]
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An infuriating Movie, 20 March 2006
Author: Roedy Green from Victoria, BC. Canada

My blood boiled watching this movie. I longed to butcher the Canadian soldiers hassling the Mohawks at Oka. I was so ashamed of my country -- lying, deceiving, bullying, stealing, breaking every single promise they made.

I was blown away by the patience of the Mohawks. If I were there under those circumstances there is no way I could have restrained myself from attacking the soldiers. The soldiers were just so evil, petty and stupid. The tension is unbearable as the soldiers draw the noose tighter and tighter, when it looked as if their plan might be to to kill everyone even the children and then lie about it, in a reenactment of the old story.

The fearlessness of the Mohawk, especially the women, facing armed soldiers was impressive. They were outraged that they were being treated as if in Nazi Germany, and they were not afraid to upbraid the doltish soldiers for their part in it, nothing like the obedient Jews led the gas chambers.

I only wish average Americans were as vocal in protecting their civil rights that they have so meekly abandoned to the Patriot Act.

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