Monday, June 22, 2009

Rough Aunties by Kim Longinotto

Meant to mention this a long time ago - I saw a wonderful film at Hot Docs that I think everyone should see. The documentary was called Rough Aunties and it was by the filmmaker Kim Longinotto. I saw another great film by Longinotto last year at the Britspotting Festival in Berlin where Saviours was also playing. It was called Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go and it really impressed me. Longinotto is one of those incredibly courageous filmmakers that bravely makes films about tough subjects and, equally bravely, sticks to her stylistic guns. Longinotto is an observational filmmaker and a brilliant one.

Here's how it's described on the website:

"Fearless, feisty and resolute, the 'Rough Aunties' are a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, neglected and forgotten children of Durban, South Africa. This newest documentary by internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto (Sisters in Law, Divorce Iranian Style) follows the outspoken, multiracial cadre of Thuli, Mildred, Sdudla, Eureka and Jackie, as they wage a daily battle against systemic apathy, corruption and greed to help the most vulnerable and disenfranchised of their communities. Neither politics, nor social or racial divisions stand a chance against the united force of the women. Once again Longinotto has managed to bring us an intimate portrait of change from Africa, this time from the new post-apartheid South Africa, a nation being transformed with hope and energy into a new democracy."

I couldn't have said it better myself. It's a wonderful film and I highly recommend it.

Their website is:

I can't wait to see Longinotto's next film. For now I'll have to make do with two films of hers that I just bought on the internet - Divorce Iranian Style & Runaway.

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