Previously at the ICA - Films
16 Jul 2010 – 5 Aug 2010
★★★★ "Longinotto's camera offers an unflinching gaze, a machine of record that she wields with a palpable sense of empathy and despair."
★★★★ "She's a tacit, sympathetic presence to whom her subjects, invariably women, disclose extraordinary stories." The Times
"A truly remarkable and insightful documentary that will leave emotions running high" The South African
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 post-apartheid South Africa, a nation being transformed with hope and energy into a new democracy.
Dir Kim Longinotto, UK/South Africa 2008, 103mins, digibeta