The young African woman Tita has recently come to live in Paris. In the French capital, she tries to find a balance between her self-created image of poised woman of the world and her homesickness for and memories of her native Guinea. Particularly memories of an unhappy childhood, when she drifted from one foster home to the next. In front of the camera, she gains some insights into herself and the world around her. She reaches the conclusion that she should give her new home, where people are more closed and insensitive, a fair chance before returning to her fatherland. The camera follows her from up close, singing melancholy songs on her bed, fighting back her tears when telling stories about her youth and talking to her relatives in Africa in her native tongue. She is chiefly filmed in her saddening Paris room, but also walking among the crowd in the street and having discussions in a café. The black-and-white images and sober soundtrack deepen the overpowering sensation of loneliness that Tita radiates, despite her peremptory assertions.
2003, black and white, 16mm, 13 min.
Produced in: Paris
Director (and D.O.P.): Vincent van de Wijngaard
Production: Ralph de Haan, Hazazah Film
Editing: Ben Isaacs
Sound: Michiel Mullink