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Sisters in Law

Florence Ayisi & Kim Longinotto / Cameroon - United Kingdom / 2005 / 104 ' / English - Pidgin / S.T. English


Oliver Huddleston
Kim Longinotto
Bob Jackson
Kevin Phelan
Peter Dale & Kim Longinotto
Dubbing Mixer: Mary Milton
Sound Recordist: Mary Milton

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Awards & Festivals

Munich Documentary FF
Special Documentary Prize Commonwealth Film Festival
Audience Award Human Rights Nights FF, Italy
Jury Prize The Tel-Aviv Intl Documentary FF
Best Intl Film Belfast Film Festival
1st Maysles Award Al-Jazeera TV Festival
Silver Award British Independent Film Awards
Best Doc Nominee Grierson Award
Best Doc on Contemporary Issue, UK, RAI Film Festival, Oxford,
Basil Wright Award Santa Barbara Film Festival
Social Justice Award Royal Anthropological Institute FF
Audience Award Int'l Doc Film Fest, Amsterdam
Audience Award Hawaii Int'l Film Festival
Best Documentary Cannes FF
Special Mention Europa Cinemas Cannes Film Festival, Prix Art et Essai

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Set in Kumba in South West Cameroon, this doc follows Adultery, Rape and Abuse cases led by a Female Judge.


Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 90 festivals around the world, SISTERS IN LAW is the latest documentary from internationally renowned director Kim Longinotto, co-directed by Florence Ayisi. In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change the world. This fascinating, often hilarious doc follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent. Six-year-old Manka is covered in scars and has run away from an abusive aunt, Amina is seeking a divorce to put an end to brutal beatings by her husband, the pre-teen Sonita has daringly accused her neighbor of rape. With fierce compassion, the two feisty and progressive-minded women dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure, handing down stiff sentences to those convicted. A cross between “Judge Judy” and “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” SISTERS IN LAW has audiences cheering when justice is served.


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