Director: Tracey Deer
92 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A memoir of sovereignty in south Montreal.

Based on true events, this radical coming-of-age story remembers the 1990s Oka Crisis through children’s eyes. Sweet, obedient Tekehentahkhwa (Kiawenti:io Tarbell, Anne with an E) – nicknamed ‘Beans’ for the ease of her white peers – is a Mohawk girl standing at the cliff face of adolescence. When a land rights dispute divides her small hometown, Beans is inspired by her First Nations family, fighting to protect a pine forest and sacred burial grounds for the expansion of a golf course. Closer to home, she finds excitement under the broken wing of older teen April (Paulina J Alexis, Ghostbusters: Afterlife). Soon enough, Beans is going toe-to-toe with racist cops, sleazy boys, even her own parents, as she struggles to decide not what she wants to be when she grows up, but who.

Thur 29 Jul 9.45am – 11.32am | Screens with short Bama
Thur 29 Jul 5.30pm – 7.20pm | Screens in School's Out program strand with short Sparkles

School’s Out
Not everything cinema has to offer can be learned in a classroom – those grittily realistic or poetic flights filled with a representation of youth so achingly true that they will pierce your young heart. These require a singular relationship between you and the big screen. So, leave the guide behind and come to School’s Out.

Update: 21/07

In light of the COVID-19 lockdown beginning on July 21st, the Adelaide Film Festival Youth is disappointed to announce that the inaugural edition of the festival, due to begin on July 25th, will not proceed as planned. 
Safety is our primary concern.
We are consulting with SA Health and Department for Education to explore potential alternative presentation dates and modes, and encourage audiences to hold onto their tickets until contacted by our Box Office team.
Enquiries can be directed to [email protected]

Program Strand School's Out
Premiere South Australian
Age Recommendation 15+
Language English
Director Tracey Deer
Producer Anne-marie Gélinas
Screenwriters Tracey Deer, Meredith Vuchnich
Cinematographer Marie Davignon
Editor Sophie Farkas Bolla
Cast Rainbow Dickerson, Violah Beauvais, Paulina Alexis, Kiawentiio Tarbell

Screens with: Sparkles

Director: Jacqueline Pelczar
13 minutes
Unclassified 15+

When we are accepted for who we are, we are given the chance to SPARKLE

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Premiere South Australian
Age Recommendation 15+
Language English
Director Jacqueline Pelczar
Producer Cody Greenwood
Screenwriters Tina Fielding
Cinematographer Mick McDermott
Editor Elaine Smith
Music Sean Tinnion
Cast Tina Fielding, Gary Cooper