Native Canadian filmmaker Jeff Barnaby, who found his footing as a maker of short films, has completed his debut feature and it's heading to Toronto next month. The dreamy, intoxicating first clip from Rhymes From Young Ghouls
highlights, in the words of its young narrator, "what brings my people together -- the art of forgetfulness."
Red Crow Mi'gMaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 18 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 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.
As noted, the film will enjoy its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Watch the clip below.
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