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Kim Longinotto

Longinotto studied camera and directing at England's National Film School, where she made PRIDE OF PLACE, a critical look at her boarding school, and THEATRE GIRLS, documenting a hostel for homeless women.

Her first film in Japan was EAT THE KIMONO, about the controversial feminist performer Hanayagi Genshu; HIDDEN FACES, the internationally acclaimed, documentary about Egyptian women followed, then THE GOOD WIFE OF TOKYO which explores women, love and marriage in Japanese society. Next Longinotto directed DREAM GIRLS, a BBC-produced documentary of the spectacular Japanese musical theatre company, the Tararazuka revue; and SHINJUKU BOYS, about three Tokyo women who live as men. Next, she made ROCK WIVES for Channel 4 about the wives and girlfriends of rock stars, followed by DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE, set in a Family law court in Tehran about women and divorce in Iran. She then made two short films for the BEST FRIENDS series on Channel 4: STEVE & DAVE - about two friends who work as a drag act and ROB & CHRIS about two homeless young men. Then GAEA GIRLS about a young girl’s struggle to become a professional wrestler. RUNAWAY is set in a refuge for girls in Tehran. Her film THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET, about young girls in Kenya challenging the tradition of female circumcision premiered domestically at Sundance in 2003. Her next film SISTERS IN LAW, set in Kumba, Cameroon, premiered and won two prizes at Cannes. After that, HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO was set in an Oxford school for disturbed children. The next film, ROUGH AUNTIES is about a group of brave women based in Durban, South Africa. PINK SARIS set in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India followed. Her latest film, SALMA, is set in Tamil Nadu, India/ (1/13)

The Day I Will Never Forget
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2002, 92 min., Color

THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET is a gripping feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto that examines the practice of female genital mutil...

Divorce Iranian Style
A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 1998, 80 min., Color

Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circums...

Dream Girls
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 1993, 50 min., Color

This fascinating documentary, produced for the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theat...

Eat the Kimono
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto, 1989, 60 min., Color

EAT THE KIMONO is a brilliant documentary about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese feminist and avant-garde dancer and performer, who has spent her life defy...

Gaea Girls
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 2000, 106 min., Color

"This fascinating film follows the physically grueling and mentally exhausting training regimen of several young wanna-be GAEA GIRLS, a group of Japan...

The Good Wife of Tokyo
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto, 1992, 52 min., Color

“Forget those demure ladies with fragrant fans and meet the new breed of Japanese women!” — Amanda Casson, London Film Festival. Kazuko Hohki goes ba...

Hidden Faces
A film by Claire Hunt and Kim Longinotto, 1990, 52 min., Color

Originally intended as a film about internationally renowned feminist writer Nawal El Saadawi, HIDDEN FACES develops into a fascinating portrayal of E...

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2007, 100 min., Color

Harrowing at one moment and heartwarming the next, HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO is set at England’s Mulberry Bush School, founded by Barbara Dockar-Drysda...

Pink Saris
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2010, 96 min., Color

“A girl’s life is cruel...A woman’s life is very cruel,” notes Sampat Pal, the complex protagonist at the center of PINK SARIS, internationally acclai...

Pride of Place
A film by Dorthea Gazidis and Kim Longinotto, 1976, 60 min., BW

A rarely seen classic, PRIDE OF PLACE was made as a first project while Longinotto was a student at England’s National School of Television and Film. ...

Rough Aunties
A film by Kim Longinotto, 2008, 103 min., Color

Fearless, feisty and resolute, the “Rough Aunties” are a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, negle...

A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 2001, 87 min., Color

“RUNAWAY is a powerful and heart-breaking documentary about a group of young runaway girls who are taken to a women's shelter in Tehran, Iran. The fil...

A film by Kim Longinotto, 2013, 89 min., Color

Internationally-acclaimed, multiple-award winning filmmaker Kim Longinotto (ROUGH AUNTIES, World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary, Sundance 2009) retu...

Shinjuku Boys
A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 1995, 53 min., Color

From the makers of DREAM GIRLS, SHINJUKU BOYS introduces three onnabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Onnabes are women who live...

Sisters in Law
A film by Kim Longinotto, Co-directed by Florence Ayisi, 2005, 104 min., Color

Winner of the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 120 festivals around the world, SISTERS IN LAW is the...

Theatre Girls
A film by Kim Longinotto and Claire Pollak, 1978, 56 min., BW

In her final piece at film school, Longinotto and her partner take us into the "Theatre Girls Club" in Soho, London–a hostel for elderly and destitute...

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