Saturday 12th November 2.30pm
Kim Longinotto’s films tackle controversial topics around the world with great compassion and an unflinching camera. Over the last 30 years she has worked as cinematographer, director, producer and writer, winning international acclaim. Known for her special brand of powerful observational documentaries, often following women in closed societies, she was dubbed ‘the invisible woman’ by The Guardian because she prefers to remain unseen behind the camera.
Last year’s acclaimed film PINK SARIS follows Sampat Pal Devi, an exceptional Indian woman in Uttar Pradesh who escaped her own abusive marriage with no tools but her own force of will and now storms in to rescue others in the same predicament by bringing the shameful facts out into the open. Her followers’ defiant message to a world in which they had been powerless is embodied in the brilliant pink saris they wear. She is shown as a flawed heroine, however, for while flying in the face of centuries of taboo, she sometimes comes a cropper.
The film sets out some of the continuing challenges for India’s women – rape, child marriage, female infanticide, a total lack of rights or status, and, by showing how things are as they happen, Longinotto becomes, like the subject of her film, a catalyst for change. The film won the Jury Prize and the Inspiration Award at this year’s Sheffield DocFest.
‘The beauty of sitting down to watch a new Kim Longinotto film is that even if
you don’t have any idea what it’s about, you can trust that it’s going to deliver.’