ABOUT THE FILM
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 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 nearer. 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.
The future of our children is common ground we can all agree is paramount to a better world. In Bee Nation, family is at the core of that future.
Writer & Director Lana Šlezic
Producer Lana Šlezic
Editor Mahi Rahgozar
Cinematographer Lana Šlezic
Music Casey Manierka-Quaile
Cast The Children of Bee Nation
2017: HotDocs (World Premiere, Opening Night)
DCP, Blu-Ray, DVD
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