Eugene Brave Rock
as The Chief in
a Warner Bros.
to depict the reality of life as an Indigenous
The power of seeing Indigenous stories
told by us is profound. A few years ago, I
attended the View Finders Film Festival
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
experience that still excites me when I
recall it. Mi’kmawfilmmaker Jeff Barnaby
wrote a heartbreaking and uncompromis-
ing script about a fictitious Mi’kmaw com-
munity calledRedCrowset in the year 1976.
Barnaby managed to show both the
harsh reality of reserve life under the Indian
Act while at the same time revealing the
strength required of a people to survive
It was a powerhouse performance by
established actor Glen Gould but also a
vehicle to shine light on some amazing
young actors. Barnaby insisted that all
the actors involved [in the project] had to
have grown-up on a reserve so as to capture
as much authenticity in his movie as pos-
sible. Cast in the role of the main charac-
ter, Alia, is Mohawk actor Kawennáhere
Devery Jacobs. Her performance is both
tough and tender.
Devery won the Borsos Award for Best
Performance in a Canadian film at the
2016Whistler FilmFestival for
The Sun at
This ACTRA production was
the first full-length feature film to be shot
in the N.W.T. For her work in
Devery was nominated for
a Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead-
ing Role at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Her TV series’ appearances include
No talk of what is new and interesting
in Indigenous country would be complete
without mentioning the APTN series,
. It is not yet an ACTRA production.
Photo: Clay Enos™ & ©DC Comics.