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African Film Festival: Sisters in Law
Date Friday February 03
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
2575 Bancroft Way, @ Bowditc
UC Berkeley
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorAnuj Vaidya
Sisters in Law Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi (U.K./Cameroon, 2005)

Kim Longinotto (The Day I Will Never Forget, Divorce Iranian Style), working with codirector Florence Ayisi, brings a typically perceptive and compassionate eye to this study of the legal system in Cameroon. Centered around the courthouse in the small southwestern town of Kumba, the film focuses on two women who dispense wit and wisdom in equal measure as they go about their daily business of seeking justice for the women and children who turn to them for help. (Some of the funniest scenes in the film catch the defendants' quaking dread at being called up in front of this formidable duo.) While the details of the cases included in the documentary are often shocking—an abused child; a wife trying to divorce her violent husband; a young woman daring to accuse a man of rape—the film's positive, uplifting approach leaves little doubt that, in the right hands, the law can be a potent force for social change.

—Sandra Hebron, London Film Festival

• Written by Longinotto, Ayisi. Photographed by Longinotto. (104 mins, In Hausa with English subtitles and English, Color, 35mm, From Women Make Movies)
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Jan 31st, 2006 2:29 PM

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