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Film: Rhymes for Young Ghouls (all ages)

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

  • All ages. $0-5 for youth (under 25) and Indigenous adults, $5-7 for all other adults (25+).

  • Monday, October 8th, 8-9:45pm (film run time 1hr 28min)

This screening is in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

This film will be screened with audio (English and Mi’kmaq), and closed captioning (English).

Rhymes for Young Ghouls is a 2013 film set in 1976 and tells a fictional story of an Indigenous teenager, based on the real life residential school system that Indigenous youth in Canada were forced to attend (the United States had similar schools).

Synopsis from IMDB: “Red Crow Mi'g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment 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.”

The film was written and directed by Jeff Barnaby, a Mi’kmaq director, and stars Indigenous actors.

We have chairs and couches, you’re welcome to bring pillows or blankets or anything that will make you comfy. We’ll have popcorn! Feel free to bring other (nut-free) snacks for yourself or to share.


Film content warnings (may contain spoilers)

Overall, the film follows the violence and abuses that Indigenous people face at the hand of a white colonialist society, and how they work to move forward through their grief and fight back. There are depictions of police brutality, drug and alcohol use, death of a child in a drunk driving situation, suicide, forced cutting of hair and implied abuse of other children who are imprisoned in the residential school, physical assault, and attempted rape.

There is also brief nudity, as depicted in a strip club.


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Earlier Event: October 6
Work Period: Youth Market PDX
Later Event: October 9
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