Blockade (1993)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Environmental Science, Race & Ethnicity, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Canada   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The Canadian government has a record for resource exploitation that closely resembles that of the United States. Basically, despite public statements to the contrary, the view seems to be that trees exist to be cut, and it is the government's job to facilitate that. This low-key documentary follows a clan of Gitksan Indians in northern British Columbia who gathered together to prevent logging on a site which was important to them. Their efforts lasted over a year, evoked no bloodshed and little drama, and were ultimately successful.

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Canada, government, indigenous-peoples, land-rights, lumber-business, natural-resources, self-determination, struggle