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Production has launched in Vancouver on “The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open,” co-written and co-directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn.
The film marks the feature-length directorial debut for Tailfeathers, who was awarded the Sundance Institute’s 2018 Merata Mita Fellowship. The film is inspired by a transformative moment in her life — the story of a chance encounter between two indigenous women with drastically different lived experience, navigating the aftermath of domestic abuse.
Hepburn’s first feature “Never Steady, Never Still” premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival and was recently nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards including Best Film and Best Director. Norm Li, who was nominated for Best Cinematography for “Never Steady, Never Still,” has also come on board as director of photography and will be shooting “The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open” on 16mm film.