Mohawk Girls

Mohawk Girls

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The massive Mercier Bridge looms over the eastern end of the Kahnawake Native reserve carrying commuters into the city of Montreal. For Amy, Lauren and Felicia, three Mohawk teens living in its shadow, the bridge also serves as a constant reminder of the bustling world just beyond the borders of their tiny community.

Like typical teenagers, all three are wrestling with critical decisions about their futures. But for these girls, there is more at stake. The rules on the reserve can be strict and unforgiving. Move away and you risk losing your credibility, or worse, your rights as a Mohawk. Stay and you forego untold experiences and opportunities in the "outside world."

Like nearly half of the teenagers in Kahnawake, filmmaker Tracey Deer utilized government subsidies to attend private school in Montreal. Vowing never to return, she then left the reserve to attend college in the U.S. Now a graduate of Dartmouth University, she has come home to Kahnawake to play a role in the evolution of her community.

With insight, humour and compassion, Deer takes us inside the lives of these three teenagers as they tackle the same issues of identity, culture and family she faced a decade earlier. Like her, they are outspoken, honest and wise beyond their years.

Shot over two years, and interspersed with home videos from Deer's own adolescence, Mohawk Girls provides a surprising inside look at modern Aboriginal youth culture. Deeply emotional yet unsentimental, it reveals the hope, despair, heartache and promise of growing up Native at the beginning of the 21st century.

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  • writer
    Tracey Deer
  • director
    Tracey Deer
  • producer
    Joanne Robertson
    Linda Ludwick
    Christina Fon
    Adam Symansky
  • executive producer
    Catherine Bainbridge
    Ernest Webb
    Sally Bochner
  • director of photography
    Tracey Deer
  • sound
    Marco Fania
    Lynne Trépanier
  • narration
    Tracey Deer
  • editor
    Patricia Tassinari
  • sound edit
    Mona Laviolette
  • sound mix
    Bruno Bélanger
    Mona Laviolette
  • original music
    Mona Laviolette
    Linda Ludwick
  • consultant
    Mike Ryan

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  • beartrax

    How do I watch this online?

    beartrax, 27 Oct 2016