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Incident at Restigouche

Alanis Obomsawin / Canada / 1984 / 45 ' / English


Alan Collins & Wolf Koenig
Alanis Obomsawin

Raymond Dumas
Yves Gendron
Bev Davidson
Bill Graziadei
Andy Thomson & Alanis Obomsawin

Narrator: Alanis Obomsawin
Executive Producer: Robert Verrall, Adam Symansky
Camera: Roger Rochat, Savas Kalogeras

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This investigation into the history-making raids of the Restigouche Reserve is a powerful film that puts justice on trial.


In INCIDENT AT RESTIGOUCHE, filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin delves into the history behind the Quebec Provincial Police (QPP) raids on the Restigouche Reserve on June 11 and 20, 1981. The Quebec government had decided to restrict fishing, resulting in anger among the Mi'kmaq population as salmon was traditionally an important source of food and income.

Using a combination of documents, news clips, photographs and interviews, this powerful film provides an in-depth investigation into the history-making raids that put justice on trial.


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