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The struggle for survival

British filmmaker Kim Longinotto makes documentary films about rebellious outsiders, where women fighting for their own survival are the celebrated protagonist.

When I stumbled upon Kim Longinotto's masterclass at the One World Film Festival in Prague, I was surprised. Elegantly dressed in black, she presented herself to the audience in a simple and uninhibited way, something I had not expected from anyone with a collection of prestigious film awards from festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

Kim Longinotto has been the director and camera woman for about 20 full-length documentaries. Her friendly, curious nature obviously reinforces her sense of the human: She would much rather talk about the heroines of the films she made, than about herself. In all of Longinotto's films, it is easy to notice the basic trust between the characters and the filmmaker at work. “Occasionally, apparently weak people, like exploited women and children, become strong when you step into the situation and film them – usually they have a strong desire to be heard because no one has been willing to listen to them for many years . Filming can be reminiscent of creating a safe space. ”

Longinotto is technically an observant filmmaker, but her techniques are unconventional: she shuns traditional methods such as narrative commentary. . .

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Margareta Hruza
Hruza is a Czech / Norwegian filmmaker and regular critic of Ny Tid.

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