The Body remembers when the world broke open

Canada / Norway Co-Production
2019 / 105 mins / Colour / English / Drama / Canada / Norway


Co-Writers/Co-Directors: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn
Produced by: Tyler Hagan & Lori Lozinski
Producer: Alan R. Milligan
Co-Producer: Dyveke Graver
Cinematographer: Norm Li
Cast: Violet Nelson, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Funding: Telefilm Canada, CBC Films, Norweigan Film Institute, International Sami Film Institute, Telus Storyhive, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Creative BC

Company: Experimental Forest Films / Violator Films / Tannhauser Gate / Oslo Pictures

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.

Sales Canada: levelFilm

World Premiere - Berlin International Film Festival