Starring: Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes, Roseanne Supernault, Mark Antony Krupa
I have not had the opportunity to see this movie. Typical small town Canada does not get to see Canadian movies – distribution being controlled by the American chains makes that a given. Of course now distribution is a moot point, small theatres, like the one in our town, closed when the cost of changing over to digital projection became an insurmountable barrier.
I hope to see the film at some point. It conveys the dark horror that Canada is only slowly accepting. It will be movies such as these to bring the reality of the residential school system and its impact on both the First Nations People and Canada into a visual & symbolic language that the average Canadian can appreciate. Dusty well-meaning research and government wall paper separate us from the hard emotional truths that the country must face; only by entering the popular vernacular of cinema can we bridge the chasm of ignorance and denial.
The posters very effectively construct a reality that young film goers will be familiar with. While the two posters using shots from the movie play to the contemporary horror marketing. The artwork in the one poster suggests the current styles found in mature comics & graphic novels, which will also draw in the audience that will play to Native & non-Native.
Mass Media both shapes and conveys messages, which carry values, beliefs, and ideologies. Using the tropes of the revenge-horror movie in combination with the real horrors of the residential schools constructs a reality where the young First Nations & Canadian audience can share an experience & understanding; hopefully, this movie, and others that will follow, can produce a common ground to start a conversation. In Dark Cinema Fantasy can be found truth.
I recommend you read the Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs’ CBC interview –
For an excellent exploration of the importance of this movie from a First Nations perspective please read
Why every Canadian should be haunted by Rhymes for Young Ghouls by âpihtawikosisân (Chelsea Vowel) .