The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open

2019
Canada, Norway
121 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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A chance-encounter between two Indigenous women on a Vancouver street initiates this affecting story of women, violence and social inequality. Selected for Berlinale 2019.

Rosie (Violet Nelson) is barefoot, crying and standing in the rain, having barely escaped a violent assault by her boyfriend. When Áila comprehends her plight, she takes young Rosie to her flat just around the corner. As she makes tea and finds dry clothes, the reality of Rosie’s situation hesitantly unfolds. Although both are indigenous women, it becomes clear that their lives are worlds apart. Their conversation, filmed mostly in real time and close-ups, touches on motherhood, self-care and inequity. The film is inspired by a real, transformative event in co-director Elle-Máijá Tailfeather’s life (a Blackfoot woman from the Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from northern Norway), who also appears in the film as Áila.

The film resists pat solutions on abuse, and instead, it depicts the complexities of domestic abuse, privilege and charity, and freedom.
Meek, independentmagazine.org

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Thu 6 June
6:15pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 June
4:30pm
Dendy Newtown
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Program Strand
First Nations
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
Canada, Norway
Language
In English
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Director
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn
Producer
Tyler Hagan, Lori Lozinski, Alan Milligan
Cast
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Violet Nelson
Cinematographer
Norm Li
Editor
Christian Siebenherz
Genre
Women Directors
Company Credits
World Sales: Experimental Forest Films
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