“You need to be able to stand up for what’s important to you,” a 12-year-old Mohawk girl is told in a new trailer for “Beans.” Set against the backdrop of the Oka Crisis, Tracey Deer’s coming-of-age drama tells the story of Tekehentahkhwa, AKA Beans (Kiawentiio), a sensitive pre-teen who is struggling to speak up for what she wants. Her life takes a dramatic turn when her community becomes under attack, inspiring her to seek out ways of toughening up.
Spanning 78 days in 1990, the Oka Crisis saw Mohawk protestors, Quebec police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian Army coming to a standoff over the proposed expansion of a golf course and development of townhouses on land that included a Mohawk burial ground.
“‘Beans’ is very much inspired by my own coming-of-age journey,” Deer told us. “I was 12 years old when I lived through the Oka Crisis and it had a profound impact on my identity as an Indigenous woman. I drew both positive lessons about the importance of standing up for what you believe in and learned firsthand about the incredible resilience of my people — but I also learned that the world was a dangerous place because of my difference.”
“Beans” hits select theaters and on demand November 5.