Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Elle-Maija Tailfeathers


Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, also known as Maija Tailfeathers, is a writer, director, producer, and actor. She is both Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from Norway. She is a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s Acting Program and also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia with a Major in First Nations Studies and a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Elle-Máijá was named the 2018 Sundance Film Institute’s Merata Mita Film Fellow and is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Lab, the International Sámi Film Institute’s Indigenous Film Fellowship, and the Hot Docs Doc Accelerator Lab. She is also a member of the Embargo Collective II.


2019 The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
2017 c'sna?m: The city before the city (Documentary)
2015 The Embargo Project (segment "Bihttos: Rebel")
2014 Rebel (Documentary short) (as Elle-Maija Tailfeathers)
2012 A Red Girl's Reasoning (Short)
2011 Bloodland (Short)

Elle-Maija Tailfeathers's films at RIFF
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Sámi program
Year: 2019
When Áila encounters a young Indigenous woman, barefoot and crying in the rain on the side of...