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Sisters in Law (Kim Longinotto: Vixen Films Retrospective)


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 hit documentary from internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto.

In a small courthouse in Cameroon, two women are working to change a village—and making progress that provides a powerful case study of a society in transition. SISTERS IN LAW follows tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women in their Muslim village find the courage to fight difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent. With fierce compassion, they dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure, handing down stiff sentences to those convicted.

With compassion and an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time, Sisters in Law presents a sensitive, inspiring and uplifting view of African women, capturing a spirit of courage, hope and the possibility of change.

Also showing as part of the Kim Longinotto: Vixen Films Retrospective: Pride of Place + Theatre Girls, Dream Girls + Shinjuku Boys, Divorce Iranian Style, Pink Saris, Dreamcatcher


  • year. 2005

  • country. UK

  • run-time. 109min

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 6.45PM

Film 7.15PM

A stunning tragicomic work
— The Guardian
A compelling study of a small-town lawyer’s determination to challenge Cameroon’s institutionalised chauvinism, which judiciously combines small triumphs with a daunting sense of the task that lies ahead.
— Empire
The movie doesn’t depress... Sisters in Law positively soars... Who are these women, and can they please take over the world soon?
— New York Times