Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Written and directed by Mi’gmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby, Rhymes for Young Ghouls offers an unflinching fictional account of Indigenous agency in the face of the horrors of Canada’s Indian residential schools.
The 2013 drama (R, 88 min.) continues a series of film screenings in conjunction with Big Read 2022. It revolves around Aila, a 15-year-old member of the fictional Red Crow Mi’gmaq reservation in 1976. A government decree dictates that she and everyone else on the reservation under the age of 16 must attend residential school, where they are at the mercy of the sadistic Indian agent who runs it.
She must choose to run or fight, and “Mi’gmaq don’t run.”
Big Read 2022 revolves around the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo, and her acclaimed book An American Sunrise. The nearly two-month initiative is a celebration of poetry and reading, as well as Native American literature and culture.
Attendees are asked to RSVP to secure a seat and follow Library health and safety procedures in effect at the time of the event.
BIG READ FILM SERIES
Through a Native Lens: Films From and About Indigenous Communities
Saturdays in April 2022 | Screenings: 1:30 p.m.
Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
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► April 2 | Smoke Signals (1998, PG-13, 89 min.)
► April 9 | Night Raiders (2021, NR, 101 min.)
► April 16 | Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013, R, 88 min.)
► April 23 | Barking Water (2009, NR, 85 min.)
► April 30 | Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017, NR, 103 min.)
Explore Big Read 2022 at kclibrary.org/bigread.