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Critics name East Van project the best Canadian film of 2019

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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open is officially the best Canadian film of 2019. After receiving the award from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, the Toronto Film Critics Association also named the film the best of the year! That should be more worthy than any random Netflix rec. Haven’t heard of this film? No problem! Let’s check it out.

Set in East Van, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open looks at a chance encounter between two Indigenous women. Compelling, poignant, and honest, the film explores themes of marginalization, racism, and, tangentially, legacies of violence. Heavy stuff, but apparently it’s all right on the mark.

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The title of the movie references an essay written by the Cree Rhodes Scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt. The gist of the essay? That indigenous communities across Canada have not been able to properly process the systematic, institutionalized destruction of their culture over generations.

We’re not in a position of authority on the matter, but we agree with Belcourt and the creator of the film, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. And for that reason, we think that seeing this film is more important than ever. And guess what! The Rio Theatre is screening showtimes! Score!

Head down there to see the best Canadian film of 2019 next week.

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

When: Tuesday, January 21
Where: Rio Theatre, 1660 E Broadway
Cost: $13