Rough Aunties

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English (subtitled), 103 min, 2008, UK/South Africa

Fearless, feisty and resolute, the 'Rough Aunties' are a remarkable group of women, unwavering in their stand to protect and care for the abused, neglected and forgotten children of Durban, South Africa. This documentary follows the outspoken, multiracial cadre of Thuli, Mildred, Sdudla, Eureka and Jackie, as they wage a daily battle against systemic apathy, corruption, and greed to help the most vulnerable and disenfranchised of their communities.
 
Despite the harsh realities of violence, poverty, and racism in the women's work at the Bobbi Bear child welfare organization and in the heartaches of their personal lives, the portraits that emerge on screen are filled with grace, wisdom, friendship, and a deeply stirring conviction. Neither politics, nor social or racial divisions stand a chance against the united force of the women. An intimate portrait of change from post-apartheid South Africa, a nation being transformed with hope and energy into a new democracy.

 
Producer:
Vixen Films
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Kim Longinotto
Editing:
Ollie Huddleston
Sound:
Mary Milton
Music:
Brenda Fassi
 
Awards and Screenings:

World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Top Ten Audience Favourite, Hot Docs
Best Feature, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Amnesty International Human Rights Award, Durban International Film Festival
Special Mention, Krakow Film Festival
Audience Award, Salem Film Fest

Selected Screenings
Chesapeake Film Festival
Facets Cinemaeque
Heartland Film Festival
St. John's International Women's Film Festival
Int'l Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
AFI Dallas Film Festival
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Hot Docs
St Louis International Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
Full Frame Doc Film Festival
True/False Film Festival
Rochester High Falls Film Festival