The poster for Rhymes for Young Ghouls etches it disturbing theme and subject matter on the young back of its victim.
Canuck film director Jeff Barnaby's debut piece focuses an eye onto the abuse of Canadian Aboriginal children who were separated from their families. The practice went on went on until the 1990s with state-run schools for Aboriginals only.
Fifteen-year-old Alia is a Red Crow Mi'gMaq Indian who is at the mercy of the hands of Popper, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the reservation's residential reform school she is forced by government law to attend-- St Dyphmas. Popper forces Alia to hustle dope to pay a "trunacy tax" that allows her to avoid the brutality that is the school's every day existence. When her drug money is stolen, the precarious balance of her world is destroyed forcing Alia to either stand and fight or flee. She has been taught that Mig'Maqs don't run.
Rhymes for Young Ghouls had its premier at TIFF 2013.
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