Distributor:  The Fanlight Collection
Length:  21 minutes
Date:  1997
Genre:  Poetic
Language:  English
Grade level: College/Adult/Professional
Color/BW:  Black and White
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Between the Lines

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A visually lyrical, experimental documentary about women who cut themselves, this film explores the fine line between self-destructive behavior and self-preserving coping mechanisms.

Between the Lines

A visually lyrical, experimental documentary about women who cut themselves, this film explores the gray areas in women's relationships to their bodies in the context of deliberately self-inflicted injury. The women in Between the Lines negotiate the fine line between self-destructive behavior and self-preserving coping mechanisms.

"Commonly the focus is 'on the lines,' on the wounds. Yet what is most important is what exists 'between the lines': the actual person. This is a crucial work, that transcends the limits which usually constrain the exploration of the topic of self-injury."Ruta Mazelis, The Cutting Edge

"Women talk about their own scarification experiences, a self-mutilating practice which they use as a means of enduring intense psychic pain. Its origin, we learn in this film, can be traced to sexual abuse in 98% of the cases. Between the Lines gives us a personal and pertinent insight into a complex psychological problem."Visions du Reel, Nyon Documentary Film Festival


Awards

Golden Spire, San Francisco International Film Festival
Director's Choice, Black Maria Film Festival
American Psychological Association
American Psychiatric Association
Western Psychological Association
New York EXPO of Short Film & Video
Bronze Award, Worldfest Flagstaff
Bronze, National Educational Media Network

Citation

Main credits

Constantinou, Sophia (film director)
Constantinou, Sophia (cinematographer)
Constantinou, Sophia (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Cinematographer, editor, Sophia Constantinou; music, File Under [and 3 others].


Distributor credits

By Sophia Constantinou

By Sophia Constantinou

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's Studies
Illness, Disease and Disorders
Psychology and Mental Health
Depression
Stress
Youth Issues

Distributor subjects

Adolescence
Mental Illness, Brain Disorders
Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work
Suicide / Self Injury

Keywords

documentary; film; video; self injury; self inflicted wound; scarification; cutting; self abuse; self image; body image; psychology; psychological; psychiatry; psychiatric; mental health; mental illness; brain disorder; mind; behavior; therapy ; gender; sexuality; sexual identity; disorders ; teen; teenager; adolescent; young adult; ; "Between the Lines"; The Fanlight Collection; "Between the Lines"; The Fanlight Collection

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