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    - UK / 2008 / English, Zulu / Color / Video / 104 min

    Director, Photography: Kim Longinotto
    Editing: Ollie Huddleston
    Sound: Mary Milton
    Music: Brenda Fassie
    Producers: Paul Taylor, Teddy Leifer
    Production Companies: Rise Films, Vixen Films
    Source: Rise Films

    This is a film about the fearless, feisty, and resolute women behind Bobbi Bear, a nonprofit organization based in Durban, South Africa, that counsels sexually abused children and works to bring their abusers to justice. The filmmaker follows the outspoken multiracial cadre of Thuli, Mildred, Studla, Eureka, and Jackie, as they wage a daily battle against systemic apathy, corruption, and greed to help the most vulnerable of their communities. Facing tragedy daily as part of their advocacy work and, for some, in their personal lives, the women cry, laugh, draw strength from each other, and persevere in their united force for a better tomorrow. Screening supported by the British Council.

    - Kim Longinotto

    Studied camera and directing at the National Film School. After graduation, Longinotto made Eat the Kimono (1989), about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese dancer and activist; and The Good Wife of Tokyo (1992), about women in Japan. Subsequent works include Dream Girls (1993) with Jano Williams, about Japan’s Takarazuka theatre revue, and Shinjuku Boys (1995), about transgender women in Tokyo who choose to live as men. Divorce Iranian Style (1998), co-directed with anthropologist Ziba Mir-Hosseini, screened in the International Competition at YIDFF ’99. Gaea Girls (2000), about a Japanese pro women’s wrestling stable, codirected with Jano Williams, screened at YIDFF 2001. Sisters in Law (2005) won the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival.