Rough Aunties (2008)

Rough Aunties


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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. The outspoken, multiracial cadre of Thuli, Mildred, Sdudla, Eureka and Jackie 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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International
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All Critics (7)

A moving tribute to the dedication, humanity and camaraderie of its female subjects.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Total Film

There are moments of raw, almost unwatchably painful emotion and distress in Kim Longinotto's documentary about the women who work for the Bobbi Bear group, a multiracial volunteer initiative in Durban, South Africa...

Full Review… | July 15, 2010

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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2010
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review… | July 15, 2010
Empire Magazine

Yes, it's tough - sometimes almost unbearable - to watch, but it's also impossible to look away; or to imagine another filmmaker who would approach this subject with such unsparing, steely commitment.

Full Review… | July 15, 2010

Both shocking and thought-provoking, this -- although sometimes dragging -- develops to more than just a predictable story of child abuse and selfless care.

Full Review… | July 15, 2010
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