All That I Am

Tone Grøttjord-Glenne

Dutch premiere

Emilie was sexually abused by her stepfather for years. Now she’s 18 and has to find a way forward in life. She dreams of being an author, but the pressure builds to find a job. While Emilie wants to tell her half-siblings, her mother wants to keep the abuse secret.

After five years living in a foster home, Norwegian Emilie moves back to her mother and siblings. She was 6 years old when her stepfather started sexually abusing her. She reported it to the police at 12. Now she’s in a courtroom, sitting across from the man who kept her in a year-long cycle of abuse. He has just been released from prison.

Soft-spoken Emilie is traumatised, making it difficult to find a job or go to school. Despite her trauma, she doesn’t want to stay silent. In fact, she wants to be an author ‘to encourage young girls to speak up’. But job counsellor Nanna wants Emilie to consider other paying jobs, since her allowance is coming to an end. Emilie’s mother wants her to stay silent to her younger half-siblings, whose father was the perpetrator. For Emilie, however, the moment of truth cannot be postponed any longer. Intimate portrait of a strong and brave girl’s struggle.

Credits

Director
Tone Grøttjord-Glenne
Year
2020
Country of production
Norway
Type
Documentary
Duration
78 minutes
Spoken language
Norwegian
Subtitles
EN