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Screen Talk: Kim Longinotto

Acclaimed documentarian Kim Longinotto joins us to discuss her storied career and her new documentary Shooting the Mafia.

Acclaimed documentarian Kim Longinotto joins us to discuss her storied career and her new documentary Shooting the Mafia, an eye-opening profile of Sicilian organised crime photographer Letizia Battaglia. Longinotto has been blazing a trail for British nonfiction filmmaking for more than four decades. She debuted at LFF with 1976's Pride of Place, an unvarnished look at her old boarding school which prompted Longinotto's former headmistress to brand the young filmmaker “a class traitor” (the school closed the following year). Frequently focusing on marginalized people and extraordinary women from around the world fighting oppression, her filmography includes such ground-breaking factual pieces as Shinjuku Boys (1995), which spotlighted Tokyo's transgender club scene, and Divorce Iranian Style (1998), an arresting chronicle of Iran's patriarchal court system. She won the 2008 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for the South Africa carers portrait Rough Aunties, and was the recipient of Sheffield Doc/Fest's Inspiration Award in 2010. Longinotto explored 20th century cinema's depictions of sex and desire with 2014's archival tapestry Love Is All, while continuing her avowedly feminist, globe-spanning work with the following year's Dreamcatcher, about a Chicago charity which helps women leave the sex industry.

Additional information

This talk will be hosted by Laure Bonville, BFI London Film Festival Programmer, Documentaries.

Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under.

See details of LFF Create strand screenings of Shooting the Mafia .

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