Blog Post 2: Question 5
by MasterDJ on December 6, 2017 - 10:44am
I don’t believe that Rhymes for Young Ghouls is constructed well enough to effectively teach people about this horrible injustice. It’s a great film; very well directed, very well acted, and very well built up but that’s not what’s in question here. The question is whether its effective at telling the story of residential schools. This is a white man interpretation of the events yes but I believe that this movie isn’t as effective as it could have been because of the time spent more in the reservations then in the schools itself and the fact that ultimately it was an uplifting movie about getting revenge instead of the hardships and pain that these schools did to the children under their care.
The residential school program is a horrible black mark on Canada’s reputation and it shouldn’t be tossed aside and buried. This kind of thing needs to be talked about and discussed so that nothing like it ever happens again and I think that it should make us Canadians sick to our stomachs that such a thing was allowed for a century.
That’s why I think that a good movie at teaching people that weren’t in these schools about the residential schools should be a lot sadder and miserable so that is hits hard and makes them see the great injustice done, that way they won’t forget. I’m not saying a sad movie with a sad ending (though that can work too depending), I’m saying a sad movie with either a happy ending or at least an uplifting ending. An ending like the ending of One Flies Over The cuckoo’s nest comes to mind with the big Indian smothering Jack Nicholson then smashing the window and escaping, that kind of an ending. I think it would be much more effective by having a movie made showing how the kids were taken from their parents, what they had to deal with when they got there (the initiation), what they had to deal with in everyday life in these schools, how the teachers and principal would react, etc.
This doesn’t have to be a completely true story; I think amalgamating a number of stories into one story that symbolizes all the pain and all the hardships that these people had to go through and calling it based on true events can also be effective at teaching people what it was like. For this kind of event, you really want to capture and show everything that they had to deal with and frame it in a depressing, oppressive and despairing way to really bring out the horror.
If you put a happy ending on a sad story, it becomes a happy story. Jules Verne comes to mind for that cause his works had some very sad and dark parts and originally dark endings but his publisher always made sure that despite the melancholy and darkness of the books (See Paris in the 20th century, The Begum's Fortune, and Robur the Conqueror for Jules being dark) he made sure that Jules changed the endings if they were too sad. Sometimes stories need sad endings, we wouldn’t remember the romance of Romeo and Juliet as well if the lovers ended up surviving.