The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open
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.