A Weekly Indigenous Film Series kicks off on Thursday, November 3rd from 4-6pm in the Faculty of Education, Room 233.
The first film in the series will be:
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2014) directed by Jeff Barnaby
Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 18 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of Popper, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her truancy tax, keeping her out her out of St. Dymphna’s. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight and Mi’gMaq don’t run.
With a tone alternating between mournful, defiant and hopeful, Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a rewarding experience by a talented director who’s sure to make his mark on Canadian cinema. Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, Jan. 30, 2014
Barnaby puts a mythic frame around a grim history, shaping it in a way that feels always like a creative adventure, not a duty. – Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Jan 31, 2014