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Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Canada (Québec) | 2013 | 85 minutes | Jeff Barnaby

Aila, a teenage resident of Canada’s Red Crow reservation circa 1976, must exact revenge against a venomous Indian Agent dead set on tormenting her just-out-of-prison father and ruining her family-spun drug-running business.

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Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs gives a ferocious lead performance as Aila, a teenage resident of Canada’s Red Crow reservation circa 1976. Hardened by her mother’s suicide and her father Joseph’s incarceration, Aila assists in her dope-ridden uncle’s seedy marijuana trade, using the extra cash as a means of avoiding the abusive, government-mandated residential schools forced upon the Native population. Upon her father’s return from prison, the venomous Popper, an Indian Agent with a deeply seated grudge against Joseph stemming from a childhood incident, reappears and violently interrupts their tenuous reconciliation. Due to Popper’s legal right to mete out “justice” through whatever means necessary, Aila finds her business and her family on the brink of collapse, leaving her with no choice but to exact revenge. Rhymes for Young Ghouls positions itself as an unofficial companion piece to Debra Granik’s 2010 SIFF award-winner Winter's Bone. With a similar sense of rural isolation, Rhymes is a thrilling and blood-soaked depiction of deadly grudges, familial loyalty, and noir-inspired lawlessness.

Director Biography

Jeff Barnaby graduated from Concordia's Film Production Program in 2004 and has since won numerous awards including Best Director of a Canadian Film by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle in 2013. Rhymes for Young Ghouls is Barnaby's first feature-length film.

Sponsored by Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, Canadian Studies Center, Snoqualmie Tribe, MOViN 92.5

Director: Jeff Barnaby
Principal Cast: Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes, Mark Antony Krupa, Roseanne Supernault
Premier Status: US Premiere
Country: Canada (Québec)
Year: 2013
Running Time: 85 minutes
Producer: John Christou, Aisling Chin-yee
Screenplay: Jeff Barnaby
Cinematographers: Michel St Martin
Editors: Jeff Barnaby, Mathieu Belanger
Music: Jeff Barnaby, Joe Barruco
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Vancouver Film Critics Circle 2014 (Best Director of a Canadian Film), Vancouver International Film Festival 2013 (Best Canadian First Feature Award)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English, Mi'gMaq
Format: DCP
International Sales: eOne Entertainment International
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