The Epilogue documents the story of the Robinson's family and her daughter Cammy, who died at the age of 26 from bulimia. Working closely with the family the documentary reconstructs Cammy’s life telling her story through flashbacks – memories, testimonies, objects, letters, places and images. The Epilogue gives voice to the suffering of the family, the indirect victims of Eating Disorders’, the unwilling eyewitnesses of a very painful degeneration. 

“Mother's day and Father's day are brutal holidays in our family” sentences Tommy, Cammy’s younger brother, who confesses going throughout depression and anger periods when she passed away 8 years ago. Her mother, Jan, can not still hide her shame when she declares have had very hard time with guilt since she was in “diet all her life” and how that kind of things might had affected Cammy. Wejun, her father points how mourn affects in very different ways since he has not been able to listen music since he lost her little girl. Cammy had a great support system and the resources of treatment to recover; however her story is one of the many which bulimia has a fateful end.

Cammy struggled almost her entire life with an Eating Disorder. Born in an “environment which was full of successful and beautiful people, with high expectations; and having ADHD and predisposition to gain weight, make her very vulnerable” analyzes her therapist. Struggling with a difficult adaption in her girl's school, she developed a binge disorder arriving to a 250 lbs which the family and doctors fight with the famous and after banned drugs Fen-Phen. After taking her from the pills, and facing the college period with the natural fears of a young one, plus the fear to being overweight again, Cammy started binging-purging behaviours which end up on having her first cardiac arrest due the low potassium. From that point everything changed in her family and friendships; they spend many years “trying to fix her”. He bulimia was very bad in her early twenties having two other episodes close to death due two seizures, “at some point was like watching somebody commit suicide, but right in front of you” testimonies Ashley her best friend. However, all her environment really had hope the moment Cammy start dating her boyfriend Adam; “It was a time in her life where she did not have to try to be anybody she was not anymore” her friends claim. “She have promised she had quick vomiting and she was “the happiest in her life” her mother remembers; but apparently her family was also in denial; “when she met Adam, she was acting so much better; but she was definitely too thin and her bank statement when she died, was a long list of fast food places, so she was still doing it.” Unfortunately, she had been struggling too long with an Eating Disorder that consumes her body in silence, and at the age of 26 she had a seizure, which ended in a fatal heart attack.

This new chapter shows the dilemmas and struggles confronted by many young girls; the problems families face in dealing with guilt and the grieving process; the frustration of close friends and the dark ghosts of this deadliest of illnesses; all blended together in the bittersweet act of remembering a loved one. 

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Published by Dewi Lewis September 2014   Art direction: Ramon Pez Hardback, 172 pages 248mm x 190mm ISBN: 978-1-907893-54-4

Published by Dewi Lewis
September 2014  
Art direction: Ramon Pez
Hardback, 172 pages
248mm x 190mm
ISBN: 978-1-907893-54-4

A masterpiece of a photobook
— Jörg Colberg, Conscientious Photography Magazine
The Epilogue holds fast to the formal rules of a certain kind of posthumous biography told though first-person testimonies […] But the images and ephemera give it another level of poignancy, accentuating the sense of deep absence family anecdotes now carry.
The book’s meticulous design is crucial to the slowly unfolding narrative. Abril worked with art director Ramon Pez. […] Throughout, they employ narrative interruptions – pull-outs, inserts, concertinaed pages – that correspond to pivotal points in Cammy’s life, so hers becomes a narrative you have to engage with in a very real and tactile way.”
— Sean O’Hagan, Guardian