ARRAY Releasing, Ava DuVernay’s distribution company, released the first poster and trailer Friday for “The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open,” directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn.
The official synopsis:
Two Indigenous women from vastly different backgrounds find their worlds colliding on an East Vancouver, B.C. sidewalk when brutality and fear drives one of them out from her home and into the cold rain. As this intimate yet challenging encounter develops, what began as violent and terrifying tentatively expands as the women’s shared imagery and cultural experience weave a fragile bond between them. Both women now must face their own unique struggle as they navigate the complexities of motherhood, class, race, and the ongoing legacy of colonialism.
The film is the latest acquisition for ARRAY releasing. Earlier in the year, the distributor secured the Sundance-premiering doc “Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen,” and in September, Phillip Youman’s Tribeca award-winning dramatic feature, “Burning Cane.”
Tailfeathers won the BC Emerging Filmmaker award at Vancouver International Film Festival, where the feature also took home the prize for Best BC Film. Tailfeathers and Hepburn also share the honorable mention recognition for Best Canadian Feature Film from Toronto International Film Festival, where the film had its North American premiere.
“The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open” has screened at film festivals globally. This includes a premiere at Berlin International Film Festival, and screenings at festivals in Sydney, Toronto, Mill Valley, Nashville and Montana.
“The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open” will have its Los Angeles premiere this month at AFI Fest Nov. 19. A theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles is to follow, as well as the feature hitting Netflix streaming Nov. 27. Watch the first trailer and poster for the film below.