april, 2021

15apr(apr 15)12:00 am25(apr 25)10:00 pmVirtual EventBEANSwatch.hiff.orgEvent Type:Family Film,FilmFestival, Season, or Series:HIFF SHOWCASE SERIES,Indigenous LensCountries:CanadaGenres:Coming of Age

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Tracey Deer’s debut follows a 12-year-old Mohawk girl as she balances her experiences of community, activism, and racism during the 1990 Oka Crisis.

Inspired by her own childhood, writer-director Tracey Deer”s debut feature tells the story of a young Mohawk girl in Kanehsatà:ke amidst the 1990 Oka Crisis. A refreshing look at the lives of Indigenous youth and families that”s told with heartbreaking honesty, the film brings awareness to the oppression and discrimination Indigenous people continue to face 30 years later. While the ongoing standoff forces her to grow up faster than she deserves, 12-year-old Beans (Kiawentiio, in a phenomenal performance) is bright and brave as she cares for her younger sister and discovers herself and her place in the community. Timely and touching, BEANS is a powerful reminder of the resilience, beauty, and love Indigenous communities hold.
-Saharla Ugas, TIFF Next Wave Committee


Directed by: Tracey Deer | 2020 | 92 min.

Section: Indigenous Lens

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Canada

Languages: English

Genres: Coming of Age, Drama


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