Documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto likes to let her films do the talking for her. Her movies take the viewer into often exotic worlds and capture intimate portraits of fascinating and often inspirational characters. Acclaimed past work includes Divorce Iranian Style (1998); Gaea Girls (2000), about female Japanese wrestlers; and Sisters In Law (2005), about Vera Ngassa and Beatrice Ntuba, a lawyer and judge working within Cameroon's eccentric legal system.
Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go director Kim Longinotto
Did it take much persuasion on your part to receive permission to shoot at the school?
Grappling with the facts: Kim's 2000 documentary Gaea Girls, about female Japanese wrestlers
Did you meet the children initially without your camera in order to get to know them?
Vera Ngassa (left) and Beatrice Ntuba, the stars of Kim's 2005 documentary Sisters In Law
You were shooting at the school for five months. Was the film difficult to edit together?
You've made a lot of respected documentaries over the years but you maintain a very low profile...
Kim's 1998 documentary Divorce Iranian Style
Finally, how easy or difficult is it to raise the money for your documentaries?
Adrian Hennigan | Published 25 July 07
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