Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto & Jano Williams – Gaea Girls (2000)

“This fascinating film follows the physically grueling and mentally exhausting training regimen of several young wanna-be GAEA GIRLS, a group of Japanese women wrestlers. The idea of them may seem like a total oxymoron in a country where women are usually regarded as docile and subservient. However, in training and in the arena, the female wrestlers depicted in this film are just as violent as any member of the World Wrestling Federation, and the blood that’s drawn is very real indeed. One recruit, Takeuchi, endures ritual humiliation not seen on screen since the boot camp sequences of FULL METAL JACKET. In DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE, Kim Longinotto cinematically explored the previously unexplored world of the Tehran divorce courts. Working with co-director Jano Williams, Longinotto has been given access to shoot an insider’s verité account of this closely guarded universe.” – Chicago Film Festival Read More »

Kim Longinotto & Jano Williams – Shinjuku Boys (1995)

A film about love and gender. This documentary is set in the New Marilyn night club in Tokyo, Japan – where the hosts are women who have chosen to live as men. They can only make their living as hosts in a nightclub with other ‘wannabes’ like them. The young women who come there often have relationships with them but the underlying fear is whether such a relationship can withstand the pressures on a girl to get married and have children. All three boys deal with this in different ways. These three hosts, the Shinjuku Boys, take us into their lives. Read More »

Kim Longinotto & Ziba Mir-Hosseini – Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

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Divorce Iranian Style challenges preconceptions about what life is like for women in Iran. The most startling thing about the film is simply that it was made. The filmmakers follow the cases of three women who are attempting to divorce their husbands. Although Iranian religious law frowns on divorce, a man is allowed to claim the privilege without needing to show cause, provided he pays his ex-wife compensation. A woman, however, can only sue for divorce if she can prove that her husband is sterile or mad, or if he agrees to let her out of their marriage contract. In the last case, the compensation becomes the bargaining chip: the man will sometimes give his wife her freedom if he doesn’t have to pay. Read More »

Kim Longinotto & Ziba Mir-Hosseini – Runaway [+Extras] (2001)

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At first nothing strikes you out of the usual with Runaway. It is a straightforward documentary of exchanges between counselors at a women’s shelter and adolescent girls who have run away from abusive homes. Their conversations and their daily activities are captured with authenticity and simplicity. Read More »

Kim Longinotto – The Day I Will Never Forget (2002)

Documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian Style) directs The Day I Will Never Forget, a personal look at the hotly debated issue of female genital mutilation. Longinotto presents several different Kenyan women with the opportunity to speak out about their experiences. Nine-year-old Fouzia stands in a white dress to recite The Day I Will Never Forget, an autobiographical story she wrote about her mother forcing her to go through with a traditional circumcision. Read More »