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Sisters in Law

Sisters in Law (2005)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 1

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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

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Grim but inspirational.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Inspirational stuff, and often hysterical to boot.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A stirring movie about the ameliorative power of justice and mercy in a fascinating part of the world.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The courtroom scenes have a lively immediacy matched by the fiery efficiency of Ngassa and Ntuba.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Despite the lack of an especially defined narrative arc, the people are what make the movie -- as they should in a tale like this.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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This is a serious film, but it is also entertaining.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[A] skilled, moving, and funny look at two woman judges pushing a progressive agenda in a Cameroon courthouse.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Possesses a disarming veracity which is not easily dismissed.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Where it triumphs, though, is in sending a message of hope from a continent too often associated with tragedy and despair.

August 15, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

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.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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.

August 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

July 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

a larger reaffirmation of the powerful ideal of a lawful society, one where every citizen retains basic rights that should never be taken away.

May 25, 2006 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Documentary on the struggle to bring justice to a Cameroon village.

May 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

April 13, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

More gripping than anything on Court TV and unexpectedly uplifting.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not stooping to cheap sensationalism, 'Sisters in Law' dignifies an Africa -- particularly its women -- elsewhere often shown as hopeless.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

By focusing on the enforcement of [women's] rights, Sisters in Law at least offers solutions and well-justified hope.

April 11, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Sisters in Law

[font=Century Gothic]"Sisters in Law" is an enlightening documentary about a courthouse in Cameroon where three criminal cases are heard: a nine-year old girl was raped; an abused woman filing a complaint against her husband and a young girl who was beaten by her guardian and ran away. Presiding over the court are two women, judge and prosecutor, who not only dispense justice and seek the truth but also educate.(Incredibly, two of the defendants were seemingly unaware that they had done anything wrong.) In the end, they give hope for all women in developing countries.[/font]
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