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Indigenous Film & Arts Festival – BEANS
October 13, 2021
Beans, director Tracey Deer (Mohawk). Stream the film on your own Oct 8-15, then join the filmmaker Q&A on Oct 13. Inspired by true events, this is the story of 12-yr old Beans, growing up fast during the Oka Crisis in Quebec.
Inspired by true events, this is the story of twelve-year-old Beans: torn between innocent childhood and reckless adolescence; forced to grow up fast and become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during The Oka Crisis, the turbulent Indigenous uprising that tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990. “I was Beans. I was twelve-years-old when I lived through an armed stand-off between my people and the Quebec and Canadian governments known as The Oka Crisis. The Mohawk Nation of Kanesatake and Kahnawà:ke stood up to a formidable bully – and won. That summer I knew I wanted to become a filmmaker and vowed to one day tell this story. Canadians did not experience that summer as we did. I felt invisible and unimportant, so to give voice to our experiences, thoughts, feelings, dreams and fears through character-based storytelling is my way to reclaim my worth, honour my people and celebrate our resilience. Tracey Deer. (Distributed by FilmRise for EMA films, 2020, 92 min.). Mature language and content.