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How an indie film about two Indigenous women in East Vancouver found success in the U.S. – Vancouver Is Awesome

by ahnationtalk on December 18, 201963 Views

‘The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open’ screens at Vancity Dec. 26

I’m inclined to title this column “The unlikely success of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open,” but I keep tripping over the word “unlikely.” It assigns a value judgment about Vancouver independent film that I’m uncomfortable to concede (i.e. that it should be at all surprising when a locally shot indie is both a commercial and critical success).

And yet the fact remains that the trajectory of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open has been remarkable — and, yes, maybe even a little unlikely for an independent feature film shot over five days in East Vancouver in early 2018.

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open was written and directed by Kathleen Hepburn (Never Steady, Never Still) and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (cəsnaʔəm, the city before the city). Their collaboration follows two Indigenous women who are strangers to each other — Rosie, portrayed by Violet Nelson, and Áila, portrayed by Tailfeathers — and the 100 minutes they spend together one rainy day in East Vancouver after one of the two women experiences partner violence.

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