Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Canada 2013, 85 min, Digital, Dir: Jeff Barnaby
  • Friday February 28, 2014 at 7:00PM
  • Monday March 3, 2014 at 9:00PM
  • Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 9:15PM

Set against the backdrop of the residential schools tragedy - when thousands of Aboriginal children were separated from their families, culture, and language, Rhymes for Young Ghouls resembles an S.E. Hinton novel re-imagined as a surreal, righteously furious thriller. At the tender age of 15, Aila (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs) has taken over the drug business of her father Joseph (Glen Gould) while he serves a stint in prison. Joseph’s return signals an abrupt end to Aila’s reign as the reservation’s drug queen; it also piques the interest of Popper, the reserve’s corrupt and sadistic Indian agent. The bloody tragedy that unfolds becomes an angry and poetic howl for lost lives, lost opportunities and lost loved ones - a fever dream whose terrifying fictions are grounded in even more terrible fact.

FILM REVIEW "Exhibiting a vivid eye for potent imagery and a striking sense of the downtrodden vitriol characterizing this slice of historically-derived Canadian horror, Rhymes For Young Ghouls is a powerful and assured debut for Jeff Barnaby." Scott A. Gray -Exclaim!

FILM REVIEW "If you're a descendant of the European settlers who subjugated this land we now proudly call Canada, be prepared for some thorough soul-searching during Rhymes for Young Ghouls, a remarkably assured first feature from First Nations filmmaker Jeff Barnaby." Chris Knight -Postmedia News published in Edmonton Journal!

Rating: 14A (14A)
  • Disturbing Content
  • Not Recommended For Children
  • Substance Abuse

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