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Rocks at Whiskey Trench

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
Canada, 2000 (documentary, 105 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Pluie de pierres à Whiskey Trench"
Rocks at Whiskey Trench
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"On August 28, 1990, a convoy of 75 cars left the Mohawk community of Kahnawake and crossed Montreal's Mercier Bridge--straight into an angry 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. In Rocks at Whiskey Trench, Mohawks remember the terror as windows shattered around them. [...] A painstakingly researched social document, the film looks back at the events surrounding the August 28 attack, and delves into the history of Kahnawake and the consequences of the appropriation of land that have shrunk its territory by more than two-thirds over the last 300 years."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Alanis Obomsawin
Produced by: Alanis Obomsawin, Sally Bochner
Narrator: Alanis Obomsawin
Film Editing: Yurij Luhovy
Music: Claude Vendette, Francis Grandmont, Margaret Beauvais Jocks
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada

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Quote about Rocks at Whiskey Trench

"Rocks at Whiskey Trench is a re-examination of the rock-throwing incident near the town of Chateauguay in August 1990 when, under fear of army attack, elderly women and men and children were driven out of the Kahnawake Reserve to supposed safety. Their 75-car convoy, after being help up by the police, was stoned by the residents of Chateauguay. It is a highly emotional event caught on tape, and Obomsawin replays the scene continuously as many of the participants on the receiving end of the stones remember their experiences."
-- Brian McIlroy (source)

Quote about Rocks at Whiskey Trench [in French]

"Les images sont saisissantes. On les a vues à l'époque aux nouvelles, mais elles prennent ici une dimension tout autre. Car le film s'attarde à peine sur la bande de rednecks made in Québec qui composent cette foule d'abrutis, où l'on voit des visages rayonnant de joie devant un tir bien placé sur une portière ou une vitre d'auto qui vole en éclats. L'attention de la réalisatrice se porte plutôt sur les visages qu'on ne voit pas dans ces images, ceux des victimes."
-- Bruno Bisson (source)

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