Still from You Are On Indian Land
Still from You Are On Indian Land
 

You Are On Indian Land

by Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell
The classic 1969 NFB doc that puts the audience in the middle of conflict between First Nations and police.
1969  ·  37m  ·  Canada
English
About the Film
Released in 1969, this short documentary was one of the most influential and widely distributed productions made by the Indian Film Crew (IFC), the first all-Indigenous unit at the NFB. It documents a 1969 protest by the Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) of Akwesasne, a territory that straddles the Canada–U.S. border. When Canadian authorities prohibited the duty-free cross-border passage of personal purchases—a right established by the Jay Treaty of 1794—Kanien’kéhaka protesters blocked the international bridge between Ontario and New York State. Director Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell later became Grand Chief of Akwesasne. The film was formally credited to him in 2017. You Are on Indian Land screened extensively across the continent, helping to mobilize a new wave of Indigenous activism. It notably was shown at the 1970 occupation of Alcatraz.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
1970
Genie Awards, Toronto - Canada, Etrog: Special Award for Reportage given to Michael Rubbo
1970
American Film and Video Festival, New York - USA, Blue Ribbon Award Itinerant
Editor
Kathleen Shannon
Cinematographer
Tony Ianzelo
Producer
George C. Stoney
Sound Editor
Hans Oomes
Re-recording
Jean-Pierre Joutel and George Croll
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