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November 07, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

This powerful drama from writer-director Tracey Deer '00 follows a young Mohawk girl during the Canadian Oka Crisis in 1990.

21/22 Hop Film

BEANS - Official Trailer

Tracey Deer's intimate and personal debut feature tells the story of the Oka Crisis through the eyes of Tekehentahkhwa, nicknamed "Beans," and her family. The film is based in part on Deer's own experiences of this land dispute between a group of Mohawk people and the Canadian government in 1990, and though the events it narrates are in the (recent) past, it feels incredibly timely and urgent. As the first feature ever to explore the Oka Crisis, Beans is a revolutionary film, and its story has revolution at its heart. Sensitive and intense, this coming-of-age tale is gracefully written, with a dynamic and powerful performance by Kiawentiio Tarbell in the lead role. Though the film is beautiful, it doesn't shy away from its characters' more challenging moments, never letting us forget that everything about this story, good and bad, is profoundly human. D: Tracey Deer, Canada, 2020, 1h32m

Programmed in conjucntion with the Native Students at Dartmouth (NAD) in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. 

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