The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Countryfest Community Cinema

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Countryfest Community Cinema is a community owned, non-profit business that was built by people in the Dauphin and Parkland area. The community fully supported the project with over $1 million raised by community residents, organizations and business. The business model for Countryfest Community Cinema is to put profits back into other community projects so all donations will continue to help kick-start other initiatives in the community.

Áila, returning home emotionally tender and exhausted from a difficult appointment with her OB-GYN, finds a terrified, barefoot and heavily pregnant Rosie shivering out in the rain. Clearly in need, Rosie is paralyzed: caught between escaping her violent boyfriend heard screaming from across the street and having nowhere to go. Frightened by the escalating danger, Áila grabs Rosie and urges her to move quickly to the safety of Áila’s nearby apartment.


Thus begins a long, tense afternoon of bare instinct – both of survival and of motherhood—as the two Indigenous women from very different backgrounds, seek some semblance of stability and safety for themselves and each other. 


A love poem to women, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN weaves a compellingly simple story around the complex themes of racialized female bodies, a country's failure to support its most vulnerable youth, and the continuing effects of colonial violence.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    105 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Rating
    PG
  • Director
    Kathleen Hepburn; Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
  • Screenwriter
    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers; Kathleen Hepburn
  • Producer
    Tyler Hagan; Lori Lozinski; Alan R. Milligan
  • Cast
    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers; Violet Nelson; Charlie Hannah; Barbara Eve Harris