Sisters in Law

Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi
| UK, Cameroon
| 2005
| 104 min

Kumbra in rural Cameroon is a town in transition. Modern law is encroaching, challenging traditional customs. Yet for over a decade there has still not been one conviction in a spousal abuse case. Two female judges, Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba, are determined to bring justice to the rural town. Sisters in Law gets up close as the drama of the cases unfolds; a woman seeking divorce to escape being beaten by her husband, a 9 year-old girl who has accused her neighbour of rape. Shocking yet surprisingly funny, the judges effortlessly deliver quips that cut to the heart of the matter, making this a warm-hearted and inspirational film.

Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi
Kim Longinotto
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