title. Hide and Seek
category. short film
running time. 12 minutes
Samira is a domestic servant working for a family of diplomats in Geneva, spending her time looking after their small daughter, until one day, a game of hide and seek presents a tempting opportunity.
Inspired by real events and a documentary
for Swiss television that I made in 2013 about modern slavery, the story’s main character is a domestic servant. There are hundreds of these servants who are employed and abused by families of diplomats, expatriates and even executives working for NGOs. It is still a very common reality that plagues cities such as London, New York or Geneva.
Set in a public park during the span of
an afternoon, the film tells the story of Samira’s quest for freedom. Physically and psychologically abused from childhood, the young woman follows her instinct trying to escape for a better life.
The intimate camera focuses closely on Samira’s face, capturing her soul in this desperate fight, then ultimately revealing her extreme loneliness. In the end, Samira is alone in the park which now feels like a prison.
Written and directed by
Director of Photography
Sound engineer and Sound design
Coralie Domet De Mont
Makeup and Effects
Post-production and colorist