The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
About the project
Áila finds a terrified, barefoot and heavily pregnant Rosie shivering out in the rain. 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 her nearby apartment.
Inspired by true events, 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.
Director: Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Premiere: 69th Berlinale 2019, Panorama Section
Production company: Oslo Pictures, Violator Films, Experimental Forrest Films