NIFF - The body remembers when the world broke
The Body Remembers whenthe World Broke Open (2019), 109 min.
Ilitsersuisut / Directors: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kathleen Hepburn
Timip eqqaamasarpaa silarsuaq ammarmat:
‘Ilaa naliginnaalaartukasiuvoq? – Ilu? Sortaa? – Ilaanni arfinileriaq arfineq marlorialuunniit misileeqqaarluni piareertarput. Aallaqqaasiutaavormi.’
Rosie Vancouverimi Áilap najugaata aqquserngani najugaqarpoq. Inuunerili assigiinnginnerusinnaanngillat. Áilap Joni Mitchell nuutitoqqamik, angerlarsimaffimmi kusanartumi, tusarnaassallugu nuannarigaa, Rosie meerassami angutaa peqqarniitsup nakuuserniartartup, arnaalu najugaqatigai. Áilap Rosie aqqusinermi kameqanngitsoq anniartorlu sialummi nanigamiuk, erngerluni angerlaappaa. Filmi piffissami ataannartumi, assiliallu qanimut assilisat, arnat marluk naapinnerat, anaanaaneq, arnaaneq imminullu paarineq, nunallu inoqqaavisa arnartaat takutinneqarput.
Áila, returning home from a difficult appointment with her OBGYN, 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. Inspired by true events, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN was shot on location in East Vancouver, B.C. on 16mm film, in real time, and uses seamlessly edited takes to recreate the immediacy and intimacy of the situation.
Starring CoWriter / CoDirector ElleMáijá Tailfeathers (Kanai, Blackfoot Confederacy/ Sámi) as Áila, and introducing Violet Nelson (Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation, Kingcome Inlet, Quatsino) as Rosie.