Kim Longinotto presents – Sisters in Law

Screening October 4, 2010 7:00 PM

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 celebrated documentary from internationally renowned director Kim Longinotto, co-directed by Florence Ayisi.

In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change their country. This fascinating, often hilarious documentary follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent.

Six-year-old Manka is covered in scars and has run away from an abusive aunt, Amina is seeking a divorce to put an end to brutal beatings by her husband, the pre-teen Sonita has daringly accused her neighbor of rape. With fierce compassion, the two feisty and progressive-minded women dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure, handing down stiff sentences to those convicted. A cross between “Judge Judy” and “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” SISTERS IN LAW has audiences cheering when justice is served.

Directed by Kim Longinotto
104 mins

In 2000, world leaders agreed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a pledge to halve extreme poverty by 2015.

However with just five years to go, progress is drastically slow. To explore why, and to ask what can be done, the UK development NGO network Bond presents a season of award winning documentaries in association with Good Screenings (

Screening as part of the Stand Up and Take Action film festival.