‘When I look into the mirror, I don’t find that I look anything like my criminal record.’

Three women imprisoned in the Ghent City Jail tell their stories. But far more than being confronted with detainees, we get to know them as true human beings. They get the time that is necessary to really get to know someone. Without any frills, straightforward. A film about the ambiguity of intimacy, about the distance of three women who have to continue their lives behind bars.

Director/producer/Cinematographer: Kristof Bilsen
Co-director: Daniel Billiet
Composer: Michael De Rop
Supported by:  Flanders Film Fund


European Film Festival Brussels (BE)
Shortlisted in Panorama Belgian Documentary / Henri Storck Fonds, Brussels (BE)
MuHKA Antwerp


“The shock, the panic that there is no door handle at the interior of the prison cell: by means of these little, but apparent details, director Kristof Bilsen made a portrait of three detainees in the women prison of Ghent (Belgium).”
(Jan Temmerman/ De Morgen / Belgian National Newspaper)

Kristof Bilsen manages to show us a hidden world (…) these women’s testimonies surpass the personal and one gets a dreary good impression of the microcosm, hidden for public behind the big entrance of the prison.(..) Bilsen did miracles in the limited circumstances of a prison to keep up attraction and rhythm.”
(Niels Ruëll / De Standaard – Belgian National Newspaper)