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You Are On Indian Land + Mohawk Nation
November 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema presents….
YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND + MOHAWK NATION
Experimental Tuesdays share these two landmark acts of participatory activist documentary. The two films each chronicle historical acts of indigenous resistance, actions made to reclaim ancestral lands and to secure tribal law.
YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND
(Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell, 36min., 1969).
“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.” — National Film Board of Canada
Presented in cooperation with UWM Libraries
(Allan Siegel, 45min., 1978)
“In 1974, a group of Mohawks reoccupied a part of their ancestral land and proclaimed it Ganienkeh. MOHAWK NATION, made in the mid-70s by the occupants themselves and the Third World Newsreel crew, is an intimate portrait of a people reclaiming their roots and searching for a better life.
“Ganienkeh symbolizes the re-establishment of the Indigenous way of life, which is an attempt to live and work together according to Mohawk beliefs and customs. In this film, audiences witness the Ganienkeh lifestyle, the re-establishment of their identity, their freedom and dignity as a sovereign nation, and the reflourishing of the Mohawk Nation. Today, the Ganienkeh community continues to protect their independence and have become a self-sufficient nation in North America.”
— Third World Newsreel.
Tonight’s screening was inspired by Film Forum NYC’s THE HOUR OF LIBERATION film series, Summer 2019
Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema are a free series unspooling on most Tuesdays throughout the academic year that shares contemporary and canonical experimental media. Presented by the UWM Union Cinema and the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!