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Genre :
Drama
Number of Episodes :
TV Movie (93 min.) or Mini-series (2 x 90 min.)
Version(s) :
Original English, French (Dubbed)
Synopsis :
Based on real events in 1990, Indian Summer: the Oka Crisis tells in fictional form the story of how a minor protest by Mohawk Indians, to protect their three centuries old cemetery from a golf course expansion, leads to the largest deployment of Canadian troops since the Korean War.
 

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Cast :

 

Alex Rice, Tony Nardi, Pamela Matthews, George Leach, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Schweig, Sandra Laronde, Darrell Dennis, Gary Farmer, Billy Merasty, Joseph Cross, Vincent Leclerc and Emmanuel Bilodeau.

Awards :
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- Winner: Best Dramatic Feature, 2006 Dreamspeakers Film Festival (Edmonton, Canada)
- Special Mention, 2006 First Peoples’ Film Festival (Montreal, Canada)
- Winner: Best Dramatic Feature, 2006 Dreamspeakers Film Festival (Edmonton, Canada)
- 4 nominations: Best Feature, Best Director (Gil Cardinal), Best Actress (Alex Rice),
  Best Actor (George Leach), 2006 American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco, USA)
- Special Mention, 2006 First Peoples’ Film Festival (Montreal, Canada)
- World TV Panorama Screening, 2006 Rio de Janeiro International TV
  Festival (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- Fipatel Screening, 2006 Fipa (Biarritz, France)
   

Full Synopsis :

Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis is fiction based on headline news events that took place in the summer of 1990 in the town of Oka, near Montreal (Quebec), Canada. The actual events drew global attention placing Native rights issues centre-stage. 
 

In the largest deployment of Canadian troops since the Korean War, Canadian troops move into the town of Oka to dismantle blockades by Mohawk Indians who are protesting against the town’s plans to build on Mohawk sacred land. The land in question consists of a pine forest and an ancient burial ground on which the town plans to expand an existing golf course and to pave a parking lot.
 

The protestors block a dirt road leading to the cemetery. The police attack and try to remove the protestors by force in a fiasco of a raid and, tragically, an officer is killed. In retaliation for the police raid, more Mohawks join the protest and block a major bridge. Left stranded, angry commuters start rioting. The minor protest erupts into a major crisis and a national stage for Indian rights everywhere in the country.


Mounting pressure and failed attempts to find a resolution moves the government to call in the army, which dismantles the blockades. The protesting Mohawks are arrested, reminiscent of their ancestors’ struggles and losses.


The Mohawks win the battle against Oka town’s plans to build on sacred land. However, the centuries’ old war of land ownership remains unresolved.