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Rough Aunties
A film by Kim Longinotto
UK/South Africa, 2008, 103 minutes, Color, DVD, English
Order No. W09960
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 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.

Despite the harsh realities of violence, poverty, and racism in the women’s work at the Bobbi Bear child welfare organization and in the heartaches of their personal lives, the portraits that emerge on screen are filled with grace, wisdom, friendship, and a deeply stirring conviction. 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.


Premiere Broadcast on HBO, May 19, 2010. To donate to the "Rough Aunties," visit www.wmm.com/bobbibear



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary
Hot Docs, Top Ten Audience Favourite
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Best Feature
Durban International Film Festival, Amnesty International Human Rights Award
Krakow Film Festival, Special Mention
Salem Film Fest, Audience Award

  • Chesapeake Film Festival
  • Facets Cinemaeque
  • Heartland Film Festival
  • St. John's International Women's Film Festival
  • Int'l Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • AFI Dallas Film Festival
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival
  • Hot Docs
  • St Louis International Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Full Frame Doc Film Festival
  • True/False Film Festival
  • Rochester High Falls Film Festival

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QUOTES

    “A surefire Oscar nominee for doc next year…. Masterful, gut-wrenching, uplifting…. A great story here to which every person can relate. Even though South Africa has so many specific issues, this movie is universal and somehow, more relevant that ever.”
    Video Librarian

    “Inspiring…exemplary…. A doc of complete wonder, it makes so many other documentaries seem so self-indulgent.”
    Charlie Phillips
    Sheffield Int’l Documentary Film Festival

    “In her trademark unobtrusive style, [Longinotto] captures the most intimate moments-often painful, always poignant-as the ‘Aunties’ cope with a succession of wrenching tragedies and show a remarkable resilience and rectitude.”
    Thomas White
    Documentary.org

    “Unnerves and inspires in equal measure.”
    David Ng
    Sundance Film Festival

    “A rare movie, one that balances tragedy and a sense of empowerment, compassion with outrage.”
    Tom Hall
    Indiewire

    “** ½ stars…Inspiring.”
    Nathan Truesdell
    All These Wonderful Things

    “****Stars. Compelling non-fiction story telling. Very well crafted.”
    Mathius Mack Gertz
    Film Arcade

    “Without any of the self-aggrandisement, exotica hunting or celebrity pandering that characterise so much documentary today, Kim Longinotto continues to practise the form at its very highest level, focused on individuals who we deserve to know”
    B. Ruby Rich
    Sight & Sound

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