45 Years of Women Make Movies
Sisters in Law
Dir. Kim Longinotto w/ Florence Ayisi, UK/Cameroon, 2005, 104 min.
In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no
convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to
change their community are making progress that could change their country.
This fascinating, often hilarious doc follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera
Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight
often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their
community to remain silent. Six-year-old Manka is covered in scars and has run
away from an abusive aunt, Amina is seeking a divorce to put an end to brutal
beatings by her husband, the pre-teen Sonita has daringly accused her neighbor
With fierce compassion, the two feisty and progressive-minded women dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure, handing down stiff sentences to those convicted. A cross between “Judge Judy” and “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” Sisters in Law has audiences cheering when justice is served.