The Black Lines

Camilla Magid, Denmark, 2006

29 min.DK/Documentary

Inside a hammam - a public bathhouse, an ancient tradition of bathing long associated with the east - the documentary-maker Camilla Magid examines the secrets and dreams of two Syrian women who have made controversial choices, despite their religiously , conservative backgrounds. Eman, 30, comes from a traditional family. She has sixteen brothers and sisters. Her father has two wives. Her sisters all married sons of her father¿s brother, but Eman is different and lives by herself in a city far from home. Through her intimate self-portraits and poetry she reveals her innermost thoughts about herself, surprising images and ideas behind a public personae of headscarves and loose clothing. Her hammam companion is Rima, a 27-year-old law student. At 9, she was the first girl in her family to insist on wearing the headscarf. Ten years later she took it off for good, a decision that ostracised her from her father and family for more than two years. This honest documentary gives rare insight into the lives of young women in an Arab society undergoing rapid change.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title En sort streg om øjet
Danish title En sort streg om øjet
Director Camilla Magid
Director of Photography Joude Gorani
Editor Bobbie Esra G. Pertan
Sound Mads Heldtberg
Composer Sara Savery Trojaborg
Production country Denmark
Production company Filmværkstedet / DFI
International sales Magid / Fredericiagade 8, 2.tv / 1310 København K / c 31101525 / camillamagid@gmail.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info color
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15


Production company Filmværkstedet / DFI


Direction Camilla Magid


Production Paul David Magid
Production Caroline Schlüter
Production Camilla Magid


Cinematography Joude Gorani


Editing Bobbie Esra G. Pertan


Music Sara Savery Trojaborg


Sound Mads Heldtberg

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Gold Dok debut of the Year 2006 CPH:DOX 2006

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Oulu Nordisk Panorama 2007-09-21
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2007-08-27
Melbourne Film Festival 2007-07-25
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