Girl in Return

Katrine W. Kjær, Denmark, 2019

79 min.DK/Documentary

The film is an intimate character-driven global tale about what happens when an adopted teenage girl decides to reclaim her lost identity. With recordings from more than five years, we follow the Ethiopian girl, Amy, in a paramount period of her life, from the age of 13 to 18. The film follows Amy as she decides to actively change her destiny by going up against the Danish and Ethiopian authorities, trying to repeal and terminate her adoption.
Basic information Credits
Original title Amys vilje
Danish title Amys vilje
Keywords Adopted children, Young people, Ethiopia, Foster children, 2010-2019
Director Katrine W. Kjær
Producer Sara Stockmann
Director of Photography Martin Munch
Editor Marion Tuor
Sound Martin Juel Dirkov
Composer Jonas Colstrup
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, TV2
International sales Sonntag Pictures ApS
Comment Katrine Kjær's previous documentary, 'Mercy Mercy' (2012), premiered in IDFA's First Appearance Competition and was nominated for a Grierson Award. The director is also behind another 2018 title, 'Run Like a Girl'.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer Sonntag Pictures ApS
Co-production VPRO TV
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, TV2 Danmark
In collaboration with SVT, YLE, NRK, DR International Sales, Against Gravity
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, TV2


Direction Katrine W. Kjær
Consultant Dorrit Saietz


Dramaturge consultant Jens Arentzen


Producer Sara Stockmann
Line producer Clara Tufte
Line producer (Ethiopia) Hennock Hailu
Line producer Julie Leerskov
Production assistant Kristoffer Wancher Kjær
Post-production manager Jakob Schaumburg


Cinematographer Martin Munch
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Katrine W. Kjær
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Sujato Louisa Wassileffsky
Cinematographer: Additional shoot Mulugeta Gebrekidan


Editor Marion Tuor
Editor: TV 2 Andreas Bøggild Monies
Editing supervisor Cathrine Ambus
Editing supervisor Adam Nielsen
Editing supervisor Morten Højbjerg
Assistant editor Silke Indra


Composer Jonas Colstrup


Sound designer Martin Juel Dirkov

Visual effects

Colourist Rune Felix Holm
Poster artwork Torsten Høgh Rasmussen

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