The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

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    The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

    Directed by

    Canada, Norway


    105 min

    • English


    Rosie lives in the same neighbourhood of Vancouver as Áila. Their lives, however, could hardly be more different. While Áila listens to Joni Mitchell on vinyl in her tastefully furnished home, Rosie shares a flat with her child's violently abusive father-to-be and his mother. When Áila finds Rosie standing hurt and barefoot in the rain, she promptly takes her home. Told almost entirely in real time and composed mostly of close-ups, the encounter between the two women constitutes a delicate moment of exchange, which touches upon issues of motherhood, female self-care and the precarious situation of Indigenous women.


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    Violet Nelson
    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
    Charlie Hannah
    Barbara Eve Harris
    Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
    Sonny Surowiec
    Tony Massil
    Joan Boisjoly
    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
    Kathleen Hepburn
    Norm Li
    Christian Siebenherz
    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers


    A filmmaker, writer and actor, she holds a degree in First Nations and Indigenous studies from the University of British Columbia and is an alumna of Berlinale Talents. Her short documentary REBEL won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival and screened in the 2017 NATIVe section of the Berlinale. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway.

    Kathleen Hepburn

    Kathleen Hepburn


    Born in Vancouver, Canada, she is a writer and director who holds a BFA in film production and an MFA in creative writing. Her debut film NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to be nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards, including for Best Picture. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN is her second feature film.