British documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto prefers to work in the cinema verité style, which avoids planning, narration or interviews, allowing the story to tell itself. She chose to turn her lens onto the oppression of women throughout the world. Her 2002 film The Day I Will Never Forget is a harrowing look at young girls in Kenya who took their parents to court to avoid the traditional female circumcision and includes a scene of forced genital mutilation. As difficult as it was to make, Longinotto stressed her desire for her films to “create a situation where the audience gets close to another individual, often from a completely different background, and feel a shock of understanding.”
She has spotlighted women in wrestling with Gaea Girls (2000) and Salma (2013) follows an Indian Muslim woman who smuggles her poetry out while being locked up by her family. Longinotto’s films have earned an impressive 36 wins and 26 nominations at film festivals and awards programs like AFI Fest, the BAFTA Awards, the Cannes Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival. Her latest film, Shooting the Mafia premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize.