All voice-over texts were developed together with women who experienced domestic violence. They are based on the transcripts of in-depth interviews spanning many hours.
The diary-like feel of the text helps evoke the shifting thoughts and emotions throughout their relationships. Their personal development becomes more tangible. Two of the women were recorded reading their own voice-over texts; the third woman chose to stay completely anonymous.
The stylized imagery arose from the desire to create a value-free space. We chose to work with actresses and actors in order to protect the identity of our protagonists. The subjective camera takes the point of view (POV) of the women. Important moments were recreated in authentic locations and interwoven with documentary impressions.
The re-enactment allows the women to remain anonymous and enables the viewer to focus more on the spoken words by the first-person narrator, as he or she is immersed into the POV. This way we encourage viewers to draw parallels to their own experiences.
For women, home is the most dangerous place. Every third day, a woman is killed by her partner.
Women who live in a relationship in which they are exposed to verbal and physical violence, not only feel fear but also shame. Domestic violence may no longer be a social taboo these days, but victims still encounter incomprehension and rejection. Many people cannot comprehend what may seem simple from a rational perspective: Why don’t women break up with their partners after the first attacks? Why do they often stay in life-threatening situations for years or return to them again and again?
The film IN MY SKIN pursues this question. It focuses on three women who have repeatedly experienced violence in their relationships and finally break out of it. Over several hours of conversations with our protagonists, it became clear what difficulties women have to deal with if they want to free themselves from such a relationship. OFF-texts were jointly developed, whose diary character clearly evokes the feelings, thoughts and ambivalences of the protagonists. The process of finding clarity, as well as the different situations each woman is confronted with, is not only illustrated in words but also with an intense visual language. The film gives victims a voice and overcomes stereotypical views.