PG, violence and mature themes.
Dir: Tracey Deer, 2020, Canada, 92 min.
Kiawentiio, Violah Beauvais, Rainbow Dickerson, Paulina Alexis.
Winner, Best First Feature Film and Best Motion Picture, Canadian Screen Awards. Winner, Crystal Bear Generation Kplus – Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival.
“A coming-of-age story set against the real-life Oka Crisis of 1990 – in which Canada’s indigenous Mohawk people engaged in an increasingly-violent 78-day land dispute with white residents of Oka, Quebec – Beans vibrates with ferocious anger and righteous pride. Based on Deer’s own experiences as a young Mohawk girl living through this tumultuous time, and with a predominantly indigenous cast, it has firm foundations in its authentic depiction of a little-known piece of history and a terrific central performance from Mohawk actress Kiawentiio… The screenplay neatly weaves the experiences of Mohawk teenager Tekehentahkhwa – who goes by her nickname Beans – with her people’s struggle to save their sacred land from becoming a golf course. As Beans’ own story hits familiar adolescent beats – she falls in with a tough crowd, changes her appearance, dabbles with drink – it’s her dawning realisation of how her people are being treated that makes the biggest impact on her character.” – Nikki Baughan, Screen Daily