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3 September 2021 | 8:00 pm$10.00
Canada, 2020. Directed by Tracey Deer. 92 min. PG
BEANS is the coming-of-age story of a Mohawk girl named Tekehentahkhwa, who more
often goes by her quirky nickname, Beans (Kiawentiio). She’s a loving big sister to her
constant sidekick, Ruby (Violah Beauvais), as they play in the woods and carefully avoid
the rough and tough kids of their neighbourhood on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawà:ke,
Her father, Kania’tariio (Joel Montgrand), rides her hard because he worries her
sensitivity is a dangerous weakness. But her mother, Lily (Rainbow Dickerson), has great
aspirations for her and is an even bigger force to be reckoned with. They don’t agree on
whether she should leave the reserve for high school, and Beans isn’t brave enough to
speak up for what she wants.
This debate is pushed to the side when a peaceful protest at a neighbouring reserve
turns into an armed stand-off to protect a burial ground from being desecrated for a golf
course expansion. Beans’ community quickly joins the battle in what becomes known as
the Oka Crisis. Overnight, her community is cut off from the outside world.
Beans seeks out the toughest girl she knows, April (Paulina Alexis), to transform into the
brave Mohawk warrior that she needs to be to survive. She gains acceptance with the
cool clique, but that doesn’t prepare her for the racism and violence she confronts as the
conflict escalates. Unable to cope, she descends into a dark, rage-filled existence
focused on revenge. It’s not until her reckless actions put everyone she cares about into peril that she wakes
up to what’s really important in her fragile world.
Presented in English language with some French.
Niagara Artists Centre – TCO Rooftop Terrace
354 St. Paul Street. St. Catharines, ON
Fri 3 Sept 2021
Doors open at 8PM.
Note: this venue is accessible by staircase only. Washroom access is downstairs, located inside NAC Gallery.