The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

When Áila encounters a young Indigenous woman, barefoot and crying in the rain on the side of a busy street, she soon discovers that this young woman, Rosie, has just escaped a violent assault at the hands of her boyfriend. Áila decides to bring Rosie home with her and over the course of the evening, the two navigate the aftermath of this traumatic event.

Inspired by a very real and transformative moment in the co-director Elle-Máijá Tailfeather’s life, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN weaves an intricately complex, while at the same time very simple, story of a chance encounter between two Indigenous women with drastically different lived experience, navigating the aftermath of domestic abuse.

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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (b. 1985) has a sami father and a mother from the North American Blackfoot tribe. She studied acting at Vancouver Film School and shares her time between Norway and Canada. Kathleen Hepburn is a Canadian screen writer and director. She has a bachelor’s in film production and a master’s in Creative Writing from the Universities of Simon Fraser and Guelph respectively.

Filmography

2017 C'SNA?M: THE CITY BEFORE THE CITY (DOC) (Tailfeathers)
2017 NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (Hepburn)
2014 REBEL (DOC) (Tailfeathers)
2011 BLOODLAND (SHORT) (Tailfeathers)
2011 A LAND THAT FORGETS (SHORT) (Hepburn)

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