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DOX BOX 4th Edition Guest of Honor - Kim Longinotto


Internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto is one of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working today, renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits which highlight the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination. Longinotto made some 20 films which won international acclaim and dozens of premiere awards at festivals worldwide. Her latest documentary film PINK SARIS received the Black Pearl Award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2010, and the CPH:DOX Amnesty Award among others. 

"I like it when a documentary has the same constraints as fiction, when it doesn't have to give you a lesson or teach you what to think and is just an emotional experience."

Born in 1952 in London, Kim Longinotto studied camera and directing at England's National Film School (NFS) in Beaconsfield, where she made her first film, PRIDE OF PLACE, a critical look at her boarding school, shown at the London Film Festival. Longinotto now tutors at the National Film & Television School, UK.

Throughout her career she has also worked on a variety of documentaries and series for BBC and Channel 4 and in 1986, she formed the production company Twentieth Century Vixen with Claire Hunt. Together they made several films, including EAT THE KIMONO, about the controversial Japanese feminist performer Hanayagi Genshu; HIDDEN FACES, the internationally acclaimed, collaborative documentary with/about Egyptian women; and THE GOOD WIFE OF TOKYO, about women, love and marriage in Japanese society.

Having lived a tough upbringing,  her films focus on tackling controversial human topics with sensitivity and compassion.. "If part of the documentary-maker's job is to build instant relationships, instant trust, it's not difficult to see why Longinotto might forge ahead." writes Kira Cochrane in The Guardian

 Longinotto's films in DOX BOX 2011 program, here.

 


Selected Filmography:

  • PINK SARIS (2010) - Director / Camera (DOX BOX Meet the Master Screenings): Black Pearl Award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2010, Amnesty Award at CPH:DOX Film Festival 2010,  Special Jury Award and the Inspiration Award, a trophy given to a figure in the documentary world who has championed the medium at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010.
  • ROUGH AUNTIES (2008) - Director/ Cinematographer (DOX BOX Meet the Master Screenings): World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary at Sundance
  • HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO (2007) - Director/Cinematographer/Producer (DOX BOX Meet the Master Screenings): winner of the Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • SISTERS IN LAW (2005) - Director/Cinematographer/Producer (DOX BOX Meet the Master Screenings) winner of two Cannes awards, including the Cannes Prix art et Essai Award
  • THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET (2002) - Director/Cinematographer: Amnesty International DOEN Award at IDFA and Best Doc UK Spotlight at Hot Docs
  • DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE (1998) - Director / Camera: won BAFTA Award
  • SHINJUKU BOYS (1995) - Director/Cinematographer/Producer: winner for Outstanding Documentary at the Sand Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • DREAM GIRLS (1994) - Director/Cinematographer/Producer: winner of Best Documentary at Films de Femmes, Creteil