A woman must invent her boundaries to find a place where she is not a territory to be conquered.
Cartography of a Woman maps one day of Bianca's journey. A Brazilian immigrant living in Canada, she is trapped in an unhappy marriage to Daniel. While he is waiting for the permanent residency approval to own a house and start a family, she is unsure of his self-centred plans. Looking for an opportunity to quit the night shifts as a janitor, Bianca comes across a job interview with Julian, a thriving urban planner who has the power to open the doors to a whole new world for her. Dealing with Daniel and Julian invading her boundaries and trying to control her, Bianca must fend for herself. Collapsing between who she was and who she is becoming, Bianca learns what it means to be a woman.
Cartography of a Woman resonates with the peculiarities of being a woman immigrant in Canada. Representing women as a territory to defend, affected by power dynamics, the film presents someone trying to rewrite her life once her identity seems lost. As an immigrant myself, I wanted to echo the experiences of the immigrants I met, women of colour on the edge of invisibility but filled with dreams and expectations about a new life. Cartography highlights those who aren't seen, and I hope it reaches people everywhere so they aren't alone in this globalized and uprooted world.