Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto is one of the leading documentary filmmakers in Britain, primarily dealing with topics and stories concerning discrimination and social injustice. After an oppressive upbringing and education in an all-girls boarding school (which was eventually the subject of her first film, 1976’s Pride of Place), Longinotto attended Essex University, studying English Literature and writing. This was followed by a time at the National Film and Television School in London, where her combined love of telling stories and filmmaking drew her to the documentary genre.

Since then, her career has spanned across the world, documenting prescient, contemporary issues such as women in Iranian courts in Divorce Iranian Style (1998), and Female Genital Mutilation in The Day I Will Never Forget (2002). More recently, her subjects have included courtship in the 20th Century in her archive film, Love Is All (2014), and Chicago sex worker charity, the Dreamcatcher Foundation, in Dreamcatcher (2015).