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In a time of great conflict, she became her own warrior

Tracey Deer’s debut follows a 12-year-old Mohawk girl as she balances her experiences of community, activism, and racism during the 1990 Oka Crisis.

Inspired by her own childhood, writer-director Tracey Deer’s debut feature tells the story of a young Mohawk girl in Kanehsatà:ke amidst the 1990 Oka Crisis. A refreshing look at the lives of Indigenous youth and families that’s told with heartbreaking honesty, the film brings awareness to the oppression and discrimination Indigenous people continue to face 30 years later. While the ongoing standoff forces her to grow up faster than she deserves, 12-year-old Beans (Kiawentiio, in a phenomenal performance) is bright and brave as she cares for her younger sister and discovers herself and her place in the community. Timely and touching, Beans is a powerful reminder of the resilience, beauty, and love Indigenous communities hold.

–Saharla Ugas, TIFF Next Wave Committee


"a raw and affecting drama"- Jude Dry, Indiewire

"Deer crystallizes the convulsive to-and-fro of growing up, and the potentially life-changing energy of standing up."- Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

"Beans vibrates with ferocious anger and righteous pride"- Screen Daily




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Directed by: 
Tracey Deer
Running Time: 
1 hr 32 mins
Violah Beauvais
Rainbow Dickerson
Joel Montgrand
Screenplay by: 
Tracey Deer
Meredith Vuchnic
14A: Coarse Language; Violence

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