WORLDS COLLIDE ON A VANCOUVER STREET CORNER IN THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN

Film explores bond formed between 2 Indigenous women through chance encounter

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is co-directed and co-written by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, left, who also plays Áila, and Kathleen Hepburn. (submitted by TIFF)

It’s rush hour in Vancouver and pouring rain when two worlds collide in a new film offering a look into the complex realities of Indigenous women.

With a soaking wet hoodie, bare feet and a pregnant belly, Rosie (Violet Nelson) is standing on a street corner after fleeing domestic abuse when she is approached by Áila (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers).

While both women are Indigenous, they couldn’t be from more different backgrounds.

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is co-directed and co-written by Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn.

Over the course of an hour and forty-five minutes as the film plays out in real-time, the two women forge a bond while attempting to navigate the complex issues surrounding domestic abuse, Indigenous motherhood and the lasting impacts of colonialism.

‘Shook me to the core’

This scene is filmed at the same corner where Tailfeathers, who is a member of the Kainai First Nation in Alberta, had a similar encounter with a young pregnant Indigenous woman.

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