Sisters in Law

  • Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi
  • United Kingdom
  • 2005
  • 104 min
  • The Visual Voice

"I'm afraid the accused has missed a century. This is the century where women's rights are respected," observes Judge Hortense Bam. The court of law in Kumba, Cameroon provides a powerful case study of a society in transition. Sisters in Law captures the legal proceedings and courtroom drama surrounding several heartfelt stories. Six-year-old Grace was beaten by her depraved aunt. Young Sonita was raped by a neighbor, but she's brave enough to do something about it. The quiet Amina seeks a divorce from an abusive husband. Instead of playing victims, the women are empowered by the supportive climate created by Judge Bam and State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa, who foster courage in them every day. Master filmmaker Kim Longinotto has a compassionate camera eye and an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time—always in the moment, discreet, culturally aware and sensitive. Sisters in Law moves us into an emotional, humanist space, one that provides positive hope for real change.

Credits

  • 104 min
  • color
  • 35mm
Director
Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi
Production
Kim Longinotto for Vixen Films
Cinematography
Kim Longinotto
Editing
Oliver Huddleston
Sound
Mary Milton

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2017
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2009
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2005
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