Rough Aunties (2008)



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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 force of the women.


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

Jul 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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...

Jul 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Jul 15, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Jul 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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