The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

This event took place on Nov 27, 2019

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn
1h 45m


** Seattle premiere! **

Skillfully written and directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open follows two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds when their worlds collide as one of them, Rosie (Violet Nelson), 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. The film takes place entirely in real time as a stitched continuous take in order to achieve an experience for the viewer which is urgent, intimate, naturalistic, and highly suspenseful.

Co-presented with Sankofa Film Society

Co-presented with Sankofa Film Society

Sankofa Film Society is a gathering ground for cultural investigation, intellectual and compassionate conversation on a multitude of subjects, critical, social and celebratory.

Founded by Karen Toering and Jackie Moscou, Artistic Director Emeritus of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Sankofa Film Society continues Moscou and Toering’s advocacy of independent films by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and women filmmakers. Sankofa Film Society believes that those most impacted are the best caretakers of their own stories.

Sankofa Film Society is also the Seattle home for films from Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY distribution company. The Columbia City Ark Lodge Cinema is home for Sankofa Film Society.

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