Curzon Soho, London - Sunday 7th December at 12 noon
Second Run DVD and Curzon DocDays are delighted to present a special event celebrating the work of internationally acclaimed British documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto. On Sunday 7th December the Curzon Soho cinema (in London) will be screening a double bill of her outstanding documentary films DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE and RUNAWAY. Kim Longinotto will also be in attendance for a Q&A with the audience.
"What I love about documentary is that you can tell a story which has a sense of danger to it, you don't know what's going to happen. Sometimes we ask more of documentary than we ask of other media... " - Kim Longinotto
"Not only is Longinotto the greatest documentary classicist working in Britain today, she is the most consistently devoted to the idea of reconciliation." - Mark Cousins
Kim Longinotto is renowned for creating extraordinarily intimate portraits of women on the fringes of society, tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion.
Her films explore the drama of women's lives across the world, including Japan, Kenya, Cameroon and Iran. Filmed with empathy and humanity, they are gripping testimony to the transformative power of hope.
DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE unfolds inside an Iranian divorce court, providing a subtle and intimate look at the lives of women in a country stereotypically associated with fanaticism and oppression. Subtle and beautifully observed, the film reveals the ingenuity and humour with which Iranian women negotiate the restrictions of their society.Directed by: Kim Longinotto & Ziba Mir-Hosseini
80 mins. 1998
Winner - Viewpoint Int'l Documentary Film Festival, Best Film
Winner - Chicago Int'l Film Festival, Silver Hugo Award
Winner - San Francisco Int'l Film Festival, Grand Prize for Best Documentary
Winner - BAFTA Flaherty Award for Best Documentary
Honorable Mention - Jerusalem Documentary Festival
RUNAWAY follows the stories of five young girls who arrive at a refuge in Iran's capital city Tehran, having run away from abusive or neglectful families. Some are in despair, others are simply mischievous; but somehow they must all learn to face the future.Directed by: Kim Longinotto & Ziba Mir-Hosseini
87 mins. 2001
Winner - Silver Dhow, Zanzibar International
Finalist - Joris Ivens Award, IDFA, Netherlands
Winner - Childrens Rights Award, Osnabruck Film Festival, Germany
Winner - Best Documentary, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema
Divorce Iranian Style / Runaway + Kim Longinotto Q&A
at the Curzon Soho Cinema, 12 Noon, Sunday 7th December 2008
To book tickets, call 0871 7033 988 or visit www.curzoncinemas.com
Divorce Iranian Style / Runaway - Special Edition DVDwill be released by Second Run DVD on 26th January 2009
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