The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open


Film Info
Section:Narrative Feature Competition
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Kathleen Hepburn
Cast:Violet Nelson
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Charlie Hannah
Barbara Evan Harris
Producer:Dyveke GraverTyler Hagan
Lori Lozinski
Allan R. Milligan
Dyveke Graver
Screenwriter:Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Kathleen Hepburn
Cinematographer:Norm Li
Editor:Christian Siebenherz
Music:Øystein Braut


A´ila, returning home from a difficult appointment with her OB­GYN, finds a terrified, barefoot and heavily pregnant Rosie shivering out in the rain. Clearly in need, Rosie is paralyzed: caught between escaping her violent boyfriend heard screaming from across the street and having nowhere to go. Frightened by the escalating danger, A´ila grabs Rosie and urges her to move quickly to the safety of A´ila’s nearby apartment. Thus begins a long, tense afternoon of bare instinct – both of survival and of motherhood—as the two Indigenous women from very different backgrounds, seek some semblance of stability and safety for themselves and each other. A love poem to women, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN weaves a compellingly simple story around the complex themes of racialized female bodies, a country's failure to support its most vulnerable youth, and the continuing effects of colonial violence. Inspired by true events, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN was shot on location in East Vancouver, B.C. on 16mm film, in real time, and uses seamlessly edited takes to recreate the immediacy and intimacy of the situation.