Sisters in Law
Kim Longinotto / Florence Ayisi
Festival year: 2011
Multiple award-winning feelgood documentary about two female lawyers in the village of Kumba in Cameroon who make a daily courtroom statement that human rights should not be taken for granted.
In Kumba, time seems to have come to a standstill. Women are the inalienable possession of their husband, daughters are traded for a small amount of money and a pig. Domestic violence is widespread, yet divorces remain rare. It is under these difficult circumstances that female magistrates Bam en Ngassa have to render justice. Both ladies possess enough personality, force of character and humor to relieve the fate of the women of Kumba. Divorces are imposed, if necessary, and obstinate men are unambiguously given to understand that the 21st century has started. The sisters can also be merciless on indicted women, however, especially when it comes to child abuse.
British filmmaker Kim Longinotto (London, 1952) strongly feels it is her duty to denounce injustice, treating controversial topics with sensitivity and empathy. Her films show ordinary women engaged in extraordinary efforts to put an end to sex stereotyping.
United Kingdom, Cameroon 2005, 104 min.
Spoken language: Pidgin, English, Hausa
Subtitles: Dutch, English
Official website: http://www.wmm.com/sistersinlaw/
IDFA Bertha Fund