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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Kathleen Hepburn/Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers | Dramatic Feature
Canada/Norway| 2019 | 105 min

Sunday 27 October 2019 | 10:45am
Open Captioned: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Wednesday 23 October 2019 | 5:45pm
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1

Two Indigenous women, unknown to each other, and from very different backgrounds, meet by chance. Áila is middle class, university educated and light skinned. Rosie is eighteen years old, poor, and has just been assaulted by her boyfriend. When Áila sees Rosie crying barefoot in the street, she makes the decision to help her. What follows is a complicated extended conversation between these two women as they navigate their similarities, differences and shifting power dynamics. Tense and affecting, the film employs long takes and masterfully executed handheld cinematography to unveil a story in real-time, a story that at its core is a testament to the resiliency of Indigenous women.

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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot, Sámi) is a filmmaker, writer, and actor. Raised on the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve), she is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Tailfeathers was the 2018 Sundance Institute Merata Mita Film Fellow and is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Lab. Commissioned by imagineNATIVE, her short documentary Bihttoš (2014) was selected as one of the Top Ten Canadian Shorts of 2014 by the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is her debut narrative feature.