ABUSE: With considerable impact, the documentary lifts All that I am presented the story to one of the children in the Norwegian abuse statistics.

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Published: 2020-03-03
All that I am

Tone Grøttjord-Glenne (Norway )

Last year, the National Knowledge Center published on vold and traumatic stress a report on youth experiences of violence and abuse in adolescence, based on a questionnaire answered by 9244 students aged 12 to 16 years. Here, a total of 6 percent - and 8 percent of girls - reported having experienced some form of sexual abuse from an adult at least once in their childhood. 4 percent of those surveyed had experienced this during the past year. The report further states that "only 1 in 5 of youth victims of violence and abuse say that they have been in contact with the emergency services in connection with experiences of violence and / or abuse ».

Trauma and insecurity

cinema documentary All that I am tells about Emilie, who was exposed sexual abuse from stepfather from age 6 to age 12. She then notified herself of the incidents and was given new accommodation through the child welfare service. In the film, we meet her as an 18-year-old, moving back to her mother and siblings. Her still-half-siblings do not know the background that Emilie has not lived with them at this time.

In the course of the two years the film follows her, the former stepfather is released following the prison sentence he has served for the offenses - with all that entails renewed insecurity for the vulnerable young protagonist. "He seems to get it easier than me," says Emilie, who also testified in a lawsuit against him.


Although the consequences of his actions rest heavily throughout the film, the convicted abuser is never clearly seen in the picture and is never mentioned by name. First and foremost is trading All that I am about Emily's quest to live a normal life, despite a painful and traumatic baggage.

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Desire for openness. This is not necessarily a story of a system that does not see her. The documentary depicts an assistive device trying to get Emilie out of work, with the understanding that this is a long-term process. But the challenges are many, and the system also has its limitations.

In Emilie's upbringing, however, no one saw what ...

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