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The advertising-free boutique SVOD service, SundanceNow Doc Club, has just announced that it is currently showing a retrospective of eight films directed by British filmmaker, Kim Longinotto. All of the films featured in the collection will be accompanied with Longinotto’s personal commentary about her work. Resident curator, Thom Powers (DOC NYC, Toronto International Film Festival) oversaw the selection of Longinotto’s films.
It’s a timely honor for Longinotto in light of the filmmaker just receiving the DOC NYC’s Robert and Annie Drew Award for Documentary Excellence.
Her most recent documentary, “Dreamcatcher,” has also garnered massive amount of attention after winning the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary. Critics have anticipated “Dreamcatcher” to make the cut for 2016’s Academy Award for Best Documentary.
The Brit specializes in films that reveal the lives of disenfranchised women, exploring very real instances of modern oppression or discrimination. Having overcome homelessness herself, Longinotto’s work in film has largely been inspired by her own observations.
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In her own words, Longinotto described her work as “journeys that take me into completely different situations than I’d imagined at the outset. People ask me why so many of my films focus on women. They are not so much about women as they are about rebels. On the whole, when I look at the world, it seems that the people who have the most to gain from challenging traditional ways of thinking are women. If men were shot in the head for going to school or kept in the house or locked up at puberty, I think I’d be making films about men. Women have the most to gain from change and are out there trying to change their circumstances. This is why I choose the stories I do.”
The list of eight films chosen by SundanceNow Doc Club for the currently-running retrospective on Kim Longinotto include:
“Pink Saris” (2010)
Winner – Special Jury Award at Sheffield International Documentary Festival
Winner – Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary at Hong Kong International Film Festival
“Rough Aunties” (2008)
Winner – Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance Film Festival
“Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go” (2007)
Winner – Special Jury Prize at International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam
“Sisters In Law” (2005)
Winner – Peabody Award Winner – CICAE Award at Cannes Film Festival
“The Day I Will Never Forget” (2002)
Winner – Amnesty International DOEN Award at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Winner – Best Doc UK Spotlight at Hot Docs
Nominee – Gold Hugo Award for Best Documentary at Chicago International Film Festival
“Divorce Iranian Style” (1998)
Winner – BAFTA Flaherty Documentary Award
“Shinjuku Boys” (1995)
Winner – Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature at LA Outfest
Winner – Silver Hugo Award at Chicago Film Festival
Audiences can tune into the retrospective through memberships for SundanceNow Doc Club, which begins at $4.99 for an annual subscription or $6.99 per month for a month-to-month subscription. The Doc Club is now offering a new gift subscription option. Viewers can watch via web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV (via Airplay).
Check out more information about the retrospective here.