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Rhymes for Young Ghouls

This screening took place on
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 8:00pm
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Best Canadian First Feature award at VIFF 2013
One of the TIFF Top Ten Canadian films for 2013

“Those familiar with Jeff Barnaby’s short films already know that he is one of the most unique voices in contemporary Canadian cinema. Set against the backdrop of the residential schools tragedy — when thousands of Aboriginal children were separated from their families, culture, and language — his much-anticipated debut feature 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 (Mark Antony Krupa), 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.” - Steve Gravestock

“It’s a tough, gritty piece of work, long on the violence but invested with the poetic sensibility you find in a Cormac McCarthy novel or Tom Waits song… [It] marks the arrival of a genuine cinematic intelligence, one sensitive to life’s more intimate, tender, even spiritual moments yet not averse to slamming the sledgehammer as circumstances require.”—James Adams, Globe and Mail

This film contains graphic violence and coarse language. Parental guidance is recommended.
In English and Mi’gMaq with English subtitles.

  • Directed by Jeff Barnaby
  • 2013, Québec
  • 85 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
  • Parental Guidance Advised
Rhymes for Young Ghouls

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