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“The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open” Screening with Filmmakers

October 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Filmmakers Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn present a virtual screening of The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open for the Canadian Film Forum. rad simonpillaiFilm critic and culture editor Radheyan Simonpillai (MA ’08 Cinema Studies; pictured right) moderates the post-screening Q&A.

Thursday, October 22
Screening at 6 pm EDT
Q&A at 7:50 pm
A free, live broadcast
Online registration required (see below)

Two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding as one of them, Rosie, is fleeing a violent domestic attack. What begins as an urgent and terrifying escape, tentatively expands as the women weave a fragile bond in their short time together while navigating the complexities of motherhood and the ongoing legacy of colonialism. 

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a filmmaker, writer, and actor based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia in Indigenous Studies with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is her debut narrative feature. 

Tailfeathers’ short documentary, Bihttoš, was included in the TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and a Leo Award for Best Short Documentary. She received a Canadian Screen Award, a UBCP/ACTRA VWIFF Award, and was nominated for a Leo Award and an American Indian Motion Picture Award for her performance in On the Farm. In 2017 she directed and produced the feature-length documentary, c̓əsnaʔəmthe city before the city, in partnership and collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation.

Kathleen Hepburn is a writer and director based on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Her debut feature, Never Steady, Never Still, which Variety Magazine calls a “stoically broken hearted debut,” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and was awarded Best Canadian Film and Best Director by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, as well as Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival. It went on to be nominated for eight Canadian Screen Academy Awards including Best Picture. Hepburn is currently in development on a youth-focused crime drama series with co-creator Elizabeth Cairns and Sphere Media Plus, as well as her next feature project The Narrow Edge with Experimental Forest Films. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and a BFA in Film Production from the Universities of Guelph and Simon Fraser respectively.

(Photo of Kathleen Hepburn, top right, by Alana Paterson)

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October 22, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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