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Spudwrench - Kahnawake Man

Alanis Obomsawin / Canada / 1997 / 57 ' / English

Credits

Donna Read

Alanis Obomsawin
Ismaël Cordeiro
Raymond Marcoux
Richard Lavoie
Wojtek Klis
Claude Vendette
Alanis Obomsawin & Francis Grandmont
Executive Producer: Don Haig
Camera: Savas Kalogeras, Zoe Dirse, Martin Duckworth, Michel Bissonnette, Yves Beaudoin
Animation Camera: Pierre Landry, Lynda Pelley

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SPUDWRENCH is a unique look behind the barricades at one man's impassioned defence of sacred territory.

Synopsis

Meet Randy Horne, high steel worker from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, near Montreal. As a defender of his people's culture and traditions, he was known as "Spudwrench" during the 1990 Oka crisis. Horne was behind the barricades, resisting the efforts of the municipality of Oka to expand a golf course onto sacred Mohawk land. Horne is one of many Mohawk high steel workers who have travelled the continent, working on some of the world's tallest buildings—but have never lost touch with their roots. SPUDWRENCH - KAHNAWAKE MAN is both a portrait of Horne and the generations of daring Mohawk construction workers that have preceded him, and a unique look behind the barricades at one man's impassioned defence of sacred territory. 

 

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