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Movies that Matter: Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Posted in Arts & Culture
Nov 27, 2017

Rhymes for young ghouls

Movies that Matter
Sparking conversation through film

Rhymes for Young Ghouls 
Hosted by the Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP)

Monday, Nov. 27
7:00 pm
 (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
The Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
A panel discussion will follow, featuring 
Kristina Bidwell (Associate Dean/Facilitator)
Damien Lee (Indigenous Studies)
Tasha Hubbard (English)
Katie  Labelle (History)

"This feature-length drama presents a gritty, hard look at the Indian residential school system through the eyes of a tough, capable teenager named Aila. After her mother dies and her father is thrown into jail, Aila and her Uncle Burner take over the family drug business. Aila manages to stay out of St. Dymphna’s, the residential school, by selling just enough dope to pay off Popper, the sadistic agent who runs the place. But when her drug money is stolen and her father returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. Fight or flight are her only options, and Aila’s not one to run.”­—National Film Board of Canada @ Canada Screens (

Written, directed and primarily acted by First Nations artists, the film is a contemporary exploration of Indigenous identity, resistance and potential with rich material to fuel a sparky panel discussion. It was awarded Best Canadian Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2014), Best Actor and Director at the American Indian Film Festival (2014), and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the Canadian Screen Awards (2014). 


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