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Between the Lines

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


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].

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Distributor subjects

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


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