Rhymes for Young Ghouls
and the 15-Year-Old Weed Princess

“If you’re good at one thing, apply it to everything. You can turn anything into an art form.”

So begins a clip of Rhymes for Young Ghouls, directed by Jeff Barnaby, a pick off Toronto’s Top Ten Film Festival‘s freshly announced Canada’s best new feature films and shorts.

Kids on the Red Crow reservation are doomed. If you can’t pay your “truancy tax”, that’s you up at the residential school, beat up and abused. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. After being robbed and thrown into the school’s dungeon, she decides to fight back.

The film is set in the 1970s Canada Aboriginal reservation, when children were separated from their families and forced into the decrepit, abusive “residential school” system. Teenage Aila is basically, the reigning drug dealer of her reservation, biding her time to avenge her family, meanwhile paying great detail to the customization of her product — blunts dipped in cognac, blunts glued with honey, blunts, blunts, blunts.

The film promises to be surreal, mythical, with a tinge of exploitation film revenge fantasy and Cormac McCarthy novel-esque. Check out the clip above from TTTF and hope for a US release with me.