zondag 24 maart 2013 - 22:00
Q&A with Salma and Kim Longinotto, led by Hella van der Wijst.
Salma – a pseudonym – is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary life story. When she was only thirteen years old, Salma was locked up in her parents’ house in Thuvarankurichi, a small village in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. According to local Muslim tradition, girls are forbidden to leave the house from the moment they hit puberty until the day they marry. Read more about Salma.
Longinotto was born to an Italian father and a Welsh mother in 1952; her father was a photographer who later went bankrupt. At the age of 10 she was sent to a draconian all-girls boarding school, where she found it hard to make friends due to the mistress forbidding anyone to talk to her for a term after she became lost during a school trip. After a period of homelessness Longinotto went on to Essex University to study English and European literature and later followed friend and future film-maker Nick Broomfield to the National Film and Television School. While studying, she made a documentary about her boarding school that1 was shown at the London Film Festival, since when she has continued to be a prolific documentary film maker.
Longinotto is an observational filmmaker. Observational cinema, also known as direct cinema, free cinema or cinema verite, usually excludes certain documentary techniques such as advanced planning, scripting, staging, narration, lighting, reenactment and interviewing. Longinotto’s unobtrusiveness, which is an important part of observational documentary, gives the women on camera a certain voice and presence that may not have emerged with another documentary genre.