The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

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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, this intimate, immersive film 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.


  • Violet Nelson
  • Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
  • Charlie Hannah
  • Barbara Eve Harris
  • Sonny Surowiec
  • Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
  • Tony Massil
  • Aidan Dee
  • James Angus Cowan
  • Anthony Bolognese

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  • The title comes from an essay by Cree poet Billy-Ray Belcourt.
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Nov 29, 2019

There's a wrenching sadness to this simply told story, but also but also a heartrending hope.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter