DocuMemories #8: Sisters in Law

Posted January 25, 2013

Our nine month look back at True/False past continues this Monday, January 28th with Sisters in Law (T/F 2006) at Ragtag Cinema.

Sisters in Law closely and carefully observes attorney Vera Ngassa and judge Beatrice Ntuba as they secure justice for victims of rape and domestic assault in their native Cameroon. Through manifest intellect and unwavering determination in and out of the courtroom, the two women alter both legal precedents and social attitudes before our eyes. The intense trial scenes where victims confront the accused directly put to shame the familiar TV legal dramas.

Judge Ntuba explains her important work in detail in this excellent interview with NPR.

This film is captured, with phenomenal access, by acclaimed British documentarian Kim Longinotto and her co-director Florence Ayisi. Longinotto returned to T/F in 2008 with Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go and in 2009 to receive our True Vision Award and present her films Gaea Girls and Rough Aunties. Her intimate style of observational filmmaking forgoes any bells and whistles, instead giving us direct access to real life heroes engaged in small revolutions around the world. Longinotto explained her filmmaking methodology and philosophy in the interview below at the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, UK.

Don’t miss your chance to experience Sisters in Law on the big screen, either again or for the first time.

Tickets to DocuMemories are:

$8.50 for the general public.

$5 for Ragtag members and all T/F volunteers; if you’ve ever volunteered for T/F 2003-2012, dig out your volunteer pass and present it at the box office to receive the member discounted admission price of $5 for all films in the series (you must present your pass, sorry but there are thousands of you out there and we need some way to recognize your contribution to receive the discount)

FREE for current Guffman members and T/F 2013 Super Circle Passholders.

FREE on a space available basis for Ragtag, Uprise, 9th Street Video and T/F 2012-2013 Core Staff employees.