Inspired by the Oka Crisis, Tracey Deer hopes her new film Beans will change perspectives – CBC

Inspired by the Oka Crisis, Tracey Deer hopes her new film Beans will change perspectives – CBC

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Jul 27, 2021

Mohawk filmmaker discusses her coming-of-age story set during the 1990 standoff

When Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer began working on her coming-of-age film Beans, she intended to show Canadian audiences what it was like to be an Indigenous child during the turbulent 78-day conflict known as the Oka Crisis.

Deer was born in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community located on Montreal’s South Shore. When she was 12, violence broke out as members of the nearby Kanesatake reserve sought to protect disputed land that included burial grounds from a golf course expansion project proposed by the town of Oka.

“I wanted people to understand what it was like to be a child, what it was like to be a family during that,” Deer said. “I think so much of the coverage was very much focused on the sensational violence of it all.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/tracey-deer-new-film-beans-1.6118115

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