Rhymes For Young Ghouls
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Rhymes For Young Ghouls
Emerging Canadian filmmaker Jeff Barnaby uses Duncan Campbell Scott's Indian Act amendments of 1921 as the framework for this psychological revenge thriller set on the fictional Red Crow Reservation in 1976, and centering the simmering conflict between a willful teenage drug dealer and a corrupt Indian Agent who attempts to dictate her fate. In accordance with the Indian Act, every child up to age 15 must be enrolled in an Indian Residential School System. At 15, Aila (Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs) already earns enough money selling drugs to pay the "truancy tax" that will keep… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"The film is told with a mix of lyricism and kicks to the gut, and is all the better for these shifts in tonality. It's remarkable how the narrative feels both highly specific to this community, yet near mythic in a more universal, classic sense."
‑ Jason Gorber, Twitch
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