The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Yukon Film Society

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The Yukon Film Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing filmmakers and film lovers. Through the Available Light Film Festival and the Available Light Cinema series, we curate and exhibit contemporary, independent and alternative moving pictures of Canadian and International origin to Yukon audiences.

During the physical shut-down of theatres, we’ve teamed up with independent distributors to bring you first-run films in the comfort of your home. Enjoy some of the best recent films and support the Yukon Film Society at the same time, with a portion of your rental fee helping to fund the film society.


The Yukon Film Society humbly acknowledges that we are based on the traditional territory of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and that we live, create and benefit within this territory. Shä̀w níthän. Kwä̀nä̀schis. Gunalchîsh.


We gratefully acknowledge the annual support of Yukon Arts Operating Fund, Lotteries Yukon and Canada Council for the Arts.

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