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Rosie lives in the same neighbourhood of Vancouver as Áila. Their lives, however, could hardly be more different. While Áila listens to Joni Mitchell on vinyl in her tastefully furnished home, Rosie shares a flat with her child's violently abusive father-to-be and his mother. When Áila finds Rosie standing hurt and barefoot in the rain, she promptly takes her home. Told almost entirely in real time and composed mostly of close-ups, the encounter between the two women constitutes a delicate moment of exchange, which touches upon issues of motherhood, female self-care and the precarious situation of Indigenous women. 

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Canada
Norway
Release date (international):
2019-02-09
Production company:
Experimental Forest Films
Violator Films
Tannhauser Gate
Co production company:
Oslo Pictures AS
Executive producer:
Jason Delane Lee
Yvonne Huff Lee
Matthew Soraci
Producer:
Tyler Hagan
Lori Lozinski
Alan R. Milligan
Co producer:
Dyveke Bjørkly Graver

Director

  • Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

    A filmmaker, writer and actor, she holds a degree in First Nations and Indigenous studies from the University of British Columbia and is an alumna of Berlinale Talents. Her short documentary Bihttoš (Rebel) won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival and screened in the 2017 NATIVe section of the Berlinale. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway. 

    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
  • Kathleen Hepburn

    Born in Vancouver, Canada, she is a writer and director who holds a BFA in film production and an MFA in creative writing. Her debut film Never Steady, Never Still premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to be nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards, including for Best Picture. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is her second feature film. 

    Kathleen Hepburn

Festivals

2019:
Berlin International Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Kathleen Hepburn
Screenplay:
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Kathleen Hepburn
Cinematographer:
Norm Li
Editor:
Christian Siebenherz
Sound Design:
Håkon Lammetun
Costume Designer:
Stina Lunde

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
105'

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