Rough Aunties

Rough Aunties

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 newest documentary by internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto (Sisters in Law, Divorce Iranian Style) 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. Neither politics, nor social or racial divisions stand a chance against the united force of the women.--©Official Site 3.3 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Rough Aunties

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Certificate
Genre Documentary
Director Kim Longinotto
Cast Nontando “Sdudla” Maphumulo, Thuli Sibiya Mildred Ngcobo
Studio Rise Films
Release Date July 2010
Running Time 103 mins
 

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 newest documentary by internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto (Sisters in Law, Divorce Iranian Style) 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. Neither politics, nor social or racial divisions stand a chance against the united force of the women.--©Official Site

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Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Telegraph reviewer

Not to say that this is breezy viewing, it’s hard to imagine a more miraculously undepressing documentary, given that the subject is child abuse in South Africa.

15/07/2010

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Time Out

David Jenkins

...at once reflective, poignant, unsettling and dismaying.

15/07/2010

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Like We Are Together, a documentary about a South African Aids orphanage, Rough Aunties is produced by a company with a remit to use documentary as a fundraising tool. With that in mind, you wonder whether Longinotto chose to pluck audience heart strings a little more than is strictly necessary.

17/07/2010

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

...a story of love, determination and solidarity.

18/07/2010

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Variety

Robert Koehler

Although the filmmaking is undistinguished, sympathy toward the pic and its subject should be overwhelming.

27/01/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

There are moments of raw, almost unwatchably painful emotion and distress... In fact, the movie could perhaps have given more factual information about the group and in particular its relationship with the police.

15/07/2010

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

The film’s focus on individuals leaves little space for exploring how Bobbi Bear is funded or treated by other government agencies, but Rough Aunties remains a moving tribute to the dedication, humanity and camaraderie of its female subjects.

15/07/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Voyeuristic documentary

18/07/2010

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Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

Longinotto misses the mark in a doc that only scratches the surface of South Africa's broader problems.

18/07/2010

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