Sisters in Law (2005)
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Two legal crusaders from Kumba, Cameroon, determined to see that justice is served and make a difference from within the system, are the focus of this documentary from filmmakers Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi. Vera Ngassa is a prosecutor unafraid to take on unpopular causes, and Beatrice Ntuba is a judge who doesn't hide her outrage when a case rubs her the wrong way. Unlike many legal workers, Ngassa and Ntuba vow to actively include themselves in the lives of those who seek justice. From
May 19, 2005 Wide
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A stirring movie about the ameliorative power of justice and mercy in a fascinating part of the world.
The courtroom scenes have a lively immediacy matched by the fiery efficiency of Ngassa and Ntuba.
Despite the lack of an especially defined narrative arc, the people are what make the movie -- as they should in a tale like this.
[A] skilled, moving, and funny look at two woman judges pushing a progressive agenda in a Cameroon courthouse.
Where it triumphs, though, is in sending a message of hope from a continent too often associated with tragedy and despair.
Some cases are harrowing, but the film is never grim. The formidable Ngassa shows such resilience, kindness and common sense that the effect is oddly uplifting.
A compelling study of a small-town lawyer's determination to challenge Cameroon's institutionalised chauvinism, which judiciously combines small triumphs with a daunting sense of the task that lies ahead.
The human compassion shown by these judges, advocates and arbitrators, mixed with humor in the face of sin and brutality, is an impressive achievement for an ethnic oligarchy.
a larger reaffirmation of the powerful ideal of a lawful society, one where every citizen retains basic rights that should never be taken away.
Ayisi and Longinotto frame their shots in such a way that they catch the disorganization in the foreground and the gleaming computers and televisions in the background. When
Not stooping to cheap sensationalism, 'Sisters in Law' dignifies an Africa -- particularly its women -- elsewhere often shown as hopeless.
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