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Is the Crown at War With Us?

Alanis Obomsawin / Canada / 2002 / 97 ' / English


Alison Burns
Alanis Obomsawin

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2007, Winner, Annual American Indian Film Festival, Best Documentary
2007, Honorable Mention, International Film Festival, Columbus

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A compelling doc through which Alanis Obomsawin once again offers compelling insight into the complex relationship between Canada and its First Nations.


It was the summer of 2000 and the country watched with disbelief as federal fishery officers appeared to wage war on the Mi'gmaq fishermen of Esgenoopetitj, or Burnt Church, New Brunswick. Why would officials of the Canadian government attack citizens for exercising rights that had been affirmed by the highest court in the land? What happened at Burnt Church?

Alanis Obomsawin casts her cinematic and intellectual nets into history to provide a context for the events on Miramichi Bay. Delineating the complex roots of the conflict with passion and clarity, she builds a persuasive defence of the Mi'gmaq position.


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