Sisters in Law

(Florence Ayisi & Kim Longinotto, 2005, 104 mins)

 

Synopsis

Sisters in Law is a fascinating look at the work of a courthouse in a small town in Cameroon, Central Africa. The tough-minded state prosecutor, Vera Ngassa and judge, Beatrice Ntuba, are helping women and children to find the courage to fight difficult cases of domestic violence and child abuse despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent. Through their emotional stories and courage, the extraordinary work of women in the judicial system shines through. With fierce compassion, the female prosecutor and judge dispense wisdom and justice in fair measure; handing down stiff sentences to those convicted. Sisters in Law presents another reality of African Women’s agency and their resilient spirit, courage, hope and fight for justice and gender equality.

 

Select Festival Screening Highlights and Awards

Cannes Film Festival

–Prix Art et Essai & Special Mention Europa Cinemas

 

International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA)

-Winner, Audience Award

 

Peabody Award, USA

-Outstanding Achievement in Electronic Media

 

Common wealth Film Festival

-Audience Award

 

Hawaii International Film Festival

Golden Maile for Best Documentary

 

Broadcast Awards, London

Best Factual Programme

 

Common wealth Film Festival, Manchester, UK

-Audience Award for Best Documentary Film

 

Bologna Human Rights Film Festival, Italy

-Best Long Film

 

Royal Television Society Awards, U.K.

-Best Single Documentary

 

Message to Man, St. Petersburg, Russia

-Golden Centaur Prix

 

Real Life on Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia

-Best International Documentary

 

Dokfest, Munich, Germany

-The Special Documentary Award

 

Nuremberg Human Rights Film Festival, Germany

-Audience Award

 

Santa Barbara Intl Film Festival

-Social Justice Award for Documentary Film

 

Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival

- Audience Award

 

Real Life on Film Festival, Melbourne

- Best International Documentary

 

The Tel-Aviv Intl. Documentary Film Festival

-Best International Film

 

Belfast Film Festival

- First Maysles Award

 

Al-Jazeera TV Festival

- Silver Award

 

DocAviv Film Festival, Israel

-Best International Film

 

Human Rights Nights Film Festival, Bologna, Italy

- Jury Prize, Long Feature Film

 

Munich Documentary Film Festival

-Special Documentary Prize

Sisters in Law was one of 15 documentaries selected for Oscar Short List in 2006   [LINK]

Sisters in Law was one of 6 best films selected by Veteran British documentary filmmaker, Nick Broomfield =The Times, Saturday June 4, 2011, page 6.   [LINK]

Cannes award for courtroom film.  [LINK]

 

Trailers

Sisters in Law Trailer

 

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