Director: Tracey Deer (Mohawk) Run Time: 92min Genre(s): Drama
Beans takes place at the height of the 1990 Mohawk Resistance at Kanehsatà:ke (also known as the Oka Crisis), a 78-day standoff between Indigenous protesters, Quebec police, the RCMP and the Canadian military, over the proposed expansion of development into unceded land. Twelve-year-old Tekehentahkhwa (nicknamed “Beans”, played by Kiawentiio) is forced into an early coming of age by these events, as her innocence turns to anger over the treatment of her people.
Drawing from her own experiences as a child, director Tracey Deer provides a poignant and engaging chronicle of these real-life events that shook the nation, as well as a much-needed look at how the traumatic events impacted youth in the community.
Content Note: this film includes coarse language, violence, and thematic elements that may not be suitable for all audiences.
Venue: Embassy of Canada in Mali
Date: April 20, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM Bamako, UTC+00:00