Beans

27

92 minutes – Drama, Indigenous Canadian History
Language: English, some French
Festival release date: September 13, 2020 (TIFF, World Premiere)
Release date: May 14, 2021
Production company: EMA Films
Canadian distributor: Mongrel Media

Inspired by true events, 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, Québec. When the Oka Crisis erupts, her community is cut off from the outside world and Beans seeks out the toughest girl she knows, April (Paulina Alexis), to help her transform into the brave Mohawk warrior that she needs to be to survive. While she gains acceptance with the cool clique, she isn’t prepared for the racism and violence she comes face-to-face with 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.

Also see: Tracey Deer Knows Beans.
Also see: Canadian Films at TIFF – 2020.

Beans, movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Anne-Marie Gélinas

Executive Producer:

Meredith Vuchnich
Justine Whyte

Associate Producer:

Kenneth Proulx

Director:

Tracey Deer

Screenwriter:

Tracey Deer
Meredith Vuchnich

Cinematographer:

Marie Davignon

Editor:

Sophie Farkas Bolla

Composer:

Mario Sévigny

Production Designer:

André Chamberland

Costume Designer:

Éric Poirier

Cast: Roles:

Kiawentiio Tarbell
Rainbow Dickerson
Violah Beauvais
Paulina Alexis
D’Pharaoh Mckay Woon-a-Tai
Joel Montgrand
Taio Gélinas
Brittany Leborgne
Kelly Beaudoin
Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Dawn Ford
Ida Labillois-Montour
Caroline Gélinas
Angie Reid
Adam Leblanc
Francis Lamarre
Alex Bisping
Jérémie Earp-Lavigne
Karl Farah
Jonathan-David Bédard
Sébastien Beaulac
Sara Sue Vallée
Roberto Mai
James Milvain
Ryan Bommarito
Alexandre Lavigne
Lucinda Davis
Michel Eid
Max Lafferrière
Karl Walcott
River Tioherot Dailleboust
Paul Graif
Herb Luft
Olivia Fillion
Mégane Lemée
Kaylin Montour
McKenzie Kahnekaroroks Deer-Robinson
Carlo Harrietha
Jean-Mathieu Bérubé
Thomas Liccioni
Tyler Hall

Beans / Tekahentahkhwa
Lily
Ruby
April
Hank
Kania’tariio
Coyote
Karahkwenhawi
Hazel
Gary
Mrs. Arsenault
Dorothy
Victoria
Aunt Mimi
Police Officer #1
Police Officer #2
Police Officer #3
Police Officer #4
Police Officer #5
Police Officer #6
Police Officer #7
Céline
Adam
Hotel Manager
Angry Rioter
Pierre
Elaina
Army Officer #1
Army Officer #2
Army Officer #3
Lily’s Newborn
News Anchor #1
News Anchor #2
Isabelle
Edith
Nadine
Mohawk Teen Girl
Rioter
Rioter
Stunt Police Officer #1
Stunt Police Officer #2