Elle-Màjià Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn – The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open #Berlinale2019

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A tale of womanhood, attention and mutual help, based on a real story. An intensely touching film, deep and delicate at the same time.

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11 min. and 48 sec.

PODCAST| Angelo Acerbi interviews Elle-Màjià Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn, directors of the film The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open.

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What is narrated in the film really happened to Elle-Màjià Tailfetahers, years ago. She decided to tell it in a film, with the help of a longtime friend, Kathleen Hepburn, taking also the brave choice to act in it. The two directors tell us about the writing process they followed to transform the real story into a film, the process of preparation and how the real facts lived by Elle were molded in her acting, too.

The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open: Rosie lives in the same neighborhood of Vancouver as Áila. Their lives, however, could hardly be more different. While Áila listens to Joni Mitchell on vinyl in her tastefully furnished home, Rosie shares a flat with her child’s violently abusive father-to-be and his mother. When Áila finds Rosie standing hurt and barefoot in the rain, she promptly takes her home. Told almost entirely in real time and composed mostly of close-ups, the encounter between the two women constitutes a delicate moment of exchange, which touches upon issues of motherhood, female self-care and the precarious situation of Indigenous women.


  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Elle-Màjià Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open
  • Festival section
    Generation 14Plus
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