Beans. Canada 2020. Director: Tracey Deer. Screenplay: Tracey Deer, Meredith Vuchnich. 92 Min. Feature film. OV w/Eng. sub and Ger. voice-over. Suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 12.
COMING OF AGE STORY SET AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF POLITICAL TURMOIL OVER THE DISPLACEMENT OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
The nickname Beans actually stands for Tekahentahkhwa. The sheltered 12-year-old girl grows up near Quebec. Beans’ perfect world is shattered when conflicts arise between the Mohawk community and the neighboring town of Oka, which wants to construct a building on an indigenous cemetery. Peaceful protests are met with racist violence, stones and fired shots. Beans no longer understands the world. How is she supposed to deal with all this chaos? Based on her own experiences, the director tells the individual and political self-assertion of a girl who, against the backdrop of the 1990 Oka crisis, suddenly must grow up far too quickly.
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Tracy Deer is a Canadian filmmaker. She received numerous awards, including the TIFF Birks Diamond Tribute Award for the series MOHAWAK GIRLS, which she directed. Deer is chairwoman of the Board of Women in View, a non-profit women’s equality organization in the Canadian media sector.