The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Presented by: Asinabka Film Festival

About the Film

Two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding on an East Vancouver sidewalk when domestic violence forces one of them, a pregnant teen named Rosie (Violet Nelson), to flee her home. Àila (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) swiftly offers her shelter, and as their intimate yet challenging encounter develops, the women weave a fragile bond, and must face their own unique struggles with the complexities of motherhood, class, and colonialism.

Q&A with directors Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn. Moderated by Howard Adler, Executive Director of the Asinabka Film Festival.

When? The film will be available for 48 hours, beginning at 7:00am EDT on Wed. April 21

Special Guests

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a writer, director and actor. She is a member of the Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe, Blackfoot Confederacy) and Sámi from Norway. She is an alumni of the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Film School.

Her work reflects community focused and social justice driven narratives. Her award-winning films have screened at festivals around the world including the Berlinale International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, imagineNATIVE, and the TIFF Top Ten Festival. Her films have been broadcast on CBC, Bravo, and APTN. “Bihttoš,” her short documentary, was included in the TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Kathleen Hepburn

Kathleen Hepburn is an award-winning writer and director. She is an alumni in Creative Writing and Film Production from the Universities of Guelph and Simon Fraser respectively. Her debut feature, Never Steady, Never Still, which Variety Magazine calls a “stoically broken hearted debut,” was awarded Best Canadian Film and Best Director by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, as well as Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival. It went on to be nominated for eight Canadian Screen Academy Awards including Best Picture.

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open premiered at Berlinale in 2019 and was awarded the Grand Prix at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, an honourable mention for Best Canadian Feature at TIFF ’19, and the Toronto Film Critics Association Rogers Best Canadian Feature Prize. The film won 3 Canadian Screen Awards, including Achievement in Directing and Original Screenplay, and is currently streaming on NETFLIX in the US.