|Occupation||Director, producer, cinematographer|
Kim Longinotto (born 1952) is a British documentary film maker, well known for making films that highlight the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination. Longinotto has made more than 20 films, usually featuring inspiring women and girls at their core. She’s delved into female genital mutilation in Kenya (The Day I Will Never Forget), women standing up to rapists in India (Pink Saris), and the story of Salma, an Indian Muslim woman who smuggled poetry out to the world while locked up by her family for decades.
Longinotto was born to an Italian father and a Welsh mother in 1952; her father was a photographer who later went bankrupt. At the age of 10 she was sent to a draconian all-girls boarding school, where she found it hard to make friends due to the mistress forbidding anyone to talk to her for a term after she became lost during a school trip. After a period of homelessness Longinotto went on to Essex University to study English and European literature and later followed friend and future filmmaker Nick Broomfield to the National Film and Television School. While studying, she made a documentary about her boarding school that was shown at the London Film Festival, since then she has continued to be a prolific documentary film maker.
Longinotto is an observational filmmaker. Observational cinema, also known as direct cinema, free cinema or cinema verite, usually excludes certain documentary techniques such as advanced planning, scripting, staging, narration, lighting, re-enactment and interviewing. Longinotto's unobtrusiveness, which is an important part of observational documentary, gives the women on camera a certain voice and presence that might not have emerged with another documentary genre.
- Pride of Place (1976) – Director / Camera (as Kimona Landseer)
- Theatre Girls (1978) – Director/Cinematographer
- Underage (1982) – Director/Cinematographer
- Eat the Kimono (1989) – Director/Cinematographer
- Hidden Faces (1990) – Director/Cinematographer
- The Good Wife of Tokyo (1992) – Director
- Dream Girls (1994) – Director/Cinematographer/Producer
- Shinjuku Boys (1995) – Director/Cinematographer/Producer
- Rock Wives (1996) (TV) – Director / Camera
- Divorce Iranian Style (1998) – Director / Camera
- Gaea Girls (2000) – Director/Cinematographer/Producer
- Runaway (2001) – Director/Cinematographer
- The Day I Will Never Forget (2002) – Director/Cinematographer
- Sisters in Law (2005) – Director/Cinematographer/Producer
- Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (2007) – Director/Cinematographer/Producer
- Rough Aunties (2008) – Director/ Cinematographer
- Pink Saris (2010) – Director / Camera
- Salma (2013) – Director / Camera
- Love Is All (2014) – Director
- Dreamcatcher (2015) – Director / Camera
- Shinjuku Boys (1995) was judged Outstanding Documentary at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
- Divorce Iranian Style (1998) won the Grand Prize for Best Documentary San Francisco International Film Festival and the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival.
- Runaway (2001) received the Children Rights Award (Filmpreis für Kinderrechte) at the Unabhängiges Filmfest Osnabrück
- The Day I Will Never Forget (2002) was awarded the Amnesty International DOEN Award at IDFA and Best Doc UK Spotlight at Hot Docs.
- Sisters in Law (2005) won the Prix Art et Essai and Special Mention Europa Cinemas at the Cannes film festival in 2005.
- Rough Aunties (2008) won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was in the official selection for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2009.
- Pink Saris (2010) won the Special Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2010, where Longinotto also won the Inspiration Award, a trophy given to a figure in the documentary world who has championed the medium.
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- Jason Wood (2006). Talking movies: contemporary world filmmakers in interview. Wallflower Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-904764-90-8. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- Gwendolyn Audrey Foster (1995). Women film directors: an international bio-critical dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-313-28972-9. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- Brown, Maggie (1 November 2015). "‘A lot of documentary makers look down on TV’". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- Corinn Columpar; Sophie Mayer (2009). There She Goes: feminist filmmaking and beyond. Wayne State University Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-8143-3390-7.
- Kira Cochrane (12 February 2010). "Kim Longinotto: 'Film-making saved my life'". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- Aufderheide, Patricia (2007). Documentary Film A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press Inc. p. 44.
- White, Patricia (3 March 2011). "Cinema Solidarity: The Documentary Practice of Kim Longinotto". Cinema Journal 46 (1): 122. doi:10.1353/cj.2007.0008. Retrieved 28 November 2011.