Aïssa is a Congolese immigrant in France. To determine if she can be deported as an adult, a doctor is going to examine her anatomy.
Aïssa, a young Congolese immigrant, is controlled by police officers, as she has no papers on her. She claims to be 17 years old, but the police do not believe her and force Aïssa submit to a medical examination. Her future depends on the result of this test, because if it turns out that she is an adult, she will be deported from the French territory.
Director: Clément Tréhin-Lalanne
Director of Photography: Romain Le Bonniec
Sound: Gérard Mailleau
Editing: EditingMona-Lise Lanfant
Cast: Manda Touré, Bernard Campan
Length: 8 min
Language: French, English subtitles
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