“An unmitigated triumph” — Indiewire
Twelve-year-old Tekahentakwa, nicknamed Beans (Kiawentiio, Netflix’s Anne with an E), navigates the tenuous relationship between innocent childhood and rebellious adolescence when plans to destroy her Mohawk community’s burial ground to expand a golf course shatter the life she has known. As her parents take differing approaches to what defending their land might mean, Beans is forced to grow up too fast to join their fight, while also contending with vicious racism and her own desperate desires to fit in with a new group of defiant teens she has befriended. One of the most memorable and powerful films to come out of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, this coming-of-age story eloquently presents both the trauma and stolen childhood experienced by so many Indigenous young people, as well as the enormous strength and resiliency required to survive in the face of oppressive governments that fight them every step of the way. Inspired by director Tracey Deer’s childhood memories of the The Oka Crisis’ 78 day standoff in Oka, Quebec, during the summer of 1990, Beans is a powerful and vital retelling of an ugly moment in the not-so-distant past.