Reel Representation: Diversity in Film
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Post-film Skype Q&A with director Lana Slezic
BEE NATION is a heart-warming and inspiring film that follows six First Nations families as they prepare their children for the first-ever First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee in Canada. Out on the breathy landscapes of the Saskatchewan Reserves, we meet students, parents and educators in the weeks leading up to the spelling bee. We go ice fishing on a school outing, we revel in a dance at a powwow, we see best friends study together and we hover in the excitement as the day draws near. We see the hardships our characters face but we also feel the love and support that exists within the family home. And as we spend time with the children who will compete, we find ourselves investing in them, cheering for them and wanting them to succeed.
No table reservations can be made for this event.
Canada, 2017, 78 minutes, Directed by Lana Slezic
“Engaging and nicely mounted, a vision of a place apart. Delivers a strong sense of the closeness and spirit of the First Nation people.”– Fionnuala Halligan, SCREEN DAILY