Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Downloadable Video - 2014
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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.Ds. 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
Publisher: [United States] : Monterey : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Branch Call Number: Movie/TV Download
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 86 min.)) : sound, color
Audience: Not rated


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Aug 09, 2018

This movie was painful to watch, but ultimately a shared pain of life in the 1970s on a Mi'kmaq Indian reservation. "This is what brings our people together: the art of forgetfulness." But at the same time the art of creative expression, and indomitable personal dignity. Tough but very memorable film.

Jun 22, 2016

An absolutely fantastic and gripping look at the days of the notorious and reprehensible residential-school and the "Indian Agents" that profited in their reigns of terror. Filmed with a nod to the graphic-novel and zombie-films. This is a masterpiece of Canadian film. Fascinating actors throughout, the young lead - Kawennahere Devery Jacobs is absolutely stunning in this role. Brutal honesty- as required.

Zyxomma Dec 12, 2014

Why will this not be available to borrow?

Sep 14, 2014

A somewhat realistic , stylized movie... to understand the level of state control read the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Report or research Maisy Shaw or watch testimony of Ethel Favel on Utube.

Aila is rez smart, organized & must keep track of all the pies the Indian Agent's hand is in...to retrieve her money.

Her father endures..& how he shows he loves them all is to take the fall..similar to Peltier's.

& listening the John Trudell's discourse on the "Drunken Indian" will afford the library patron some understanding on the 4B's of colonialism : the booze , the bible , the blankets & the bullets.

Donna Meness
Kitigan Zibi Anishnebeg Community
Algonquin Nation


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