Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013) is a Canadian drama film written, directed and edited by Jeff Barnaby for Prospector Films. Starring Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes, Mark Anthony Krupa, and Roseanne Supernault.
Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 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 of St. D’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.
Rated R. 85 minutes. Watch the trailer 1 and trailer 2 here …
My thoughts… Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a dark, gritty drama about drugs and revenge set during a time in Canadian history when many First Nations people suffered abuse at the hands of government agents in the Indian residential school system. The film plays out like a First Nations re-imagining of Martin Scorseses’s mob drama Goodfellas. I was drawn to this film by the very lovely Mohawk actress Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, and I was seduced by her amazing performance as Aila. She’s a very talented actress and a beautiful young woman.