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Toronto, March 23, 2010 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that it has chosen celebrated UK filmmaker Kim Longinotto as the recipient of its Outstanding Achievement Award, which will be presented at the Hot Docs Awards Presentation on Friday, May 7, at the Isabel Bader Theatre. As part of the honour, Hot Docs will screen a retrospective of 10 films during the 17th annual Festival, April 29-May 9, celebrating Longinotto’s distinguished career.

An internationally acclaimed director, Longinotto is one of the pre-eminent documentary filmmakers working today, renowned for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with sensitivity and compassion. Longinotto’s rich filmography includes SISTERS IN LAW (2005), winner of a 2008 Peabody Award and two awards in Cannes; THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET (2003), which won the Amnesty International DOEN Award at IDFA and Best Doc UK Spotlight at Hot Docs; the recent HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO (2007), winner of the IDFA Special Jury Prize; The BAFTA award-winning DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE (1998), and SHINJUKU BOYS (1995), winner for Outstanding Documentary at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Her recent film, ROUGH AUNTIES, screened at Hot Docs in 2009 and was chosen by audiences as one of the top ten favourites of the year. ROUGH AUNTIES won the World Cinema Jury Prize in Documentary at Sundance in 2009.

Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Kim Longinotto will be in attendance at this year’s Festival. This year’s Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective is curated by Hot Docs senior international programmer Shannon Abel.

The Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award is presented annually by the Hot Docs Board of Directors in recognition of a filmmaker’s enduring contribution to the documentary form. Past recipients and Hot Docs guests include Alanis Obomsawin (2009), Richard Leacock (2008), Heddy Honigmann (2007), Werner Herzog (2006), Errol Morris (2005), Michael Maclear (2004), Nick Broomfield (2003), Frederick Wiseman (2002), D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (2000) and Albert Maysles (1999).

The Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective is generously supported by the Government of Ontario.

Please see the Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective screening times and film descriptions below.

THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET D: Kim Longinotto | UK | 2002 | 92 min

Longinotto sensitively tackles the controversial subject of female genital mutilation in Kenya by following the pioneering women and girls who are bravely campaigning in their communities to reverse the tradition.

Monday, May 3
4:30 p.m.
ROM Theatre

DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE D: Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir Hosseini |UK, Iran | 1998 | 80 min

The daily proceedings of a divorce court in Tehran shine a revealing light on gender politics in Iran and refreshingly demonstrate the strength and determination of Iranian women.

Thursday, May 6
7:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas

GAEA GIRLS D: Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams | UK, Japan | 2000 | 106 min

Powerfully visceral, this doc exposes the gruelling, brutal, and often humiliating training regime of female professional wrestlers in Japan as they struggle to pass the test to join the famous Gaea Girls team.

Saturday, May 8
12:30 p.m.
Bloor Cinema

HOLD ME TIGHT, LET ME GO D: Kim Longinotto | UK | 2007 | 100 min

For the 40 troubled children who call it home, Mulberry Bush is their last chance. Expelled from school for extreme behaviour, they are given three years at the Oxford boarding school to turn their lives around.

Friday, Apr 30
9:30 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

PRIDE OF PLACE D: Kim Longinotto, Dorothy Gadzidis | UK | 1976 | 60 min

In her first film, Longinotto serves up a searing indictment of her former English boarding school, a miniature fascist state with absurd rules, cruel punishments, and little room for individual expression.

Screening with THEATRE GIRLS D: Kim Longinotto, Calire Pollak | UK | 1978 | 56 min

In this early film, Longinotto and Pollak spend three months capturing the daily struggles and fascinating histories of the residents of what was then London’s only shelter for alcoholic, drug-addicted, and mentally ill women.

Tuesday, May 4
4:00 p.m.
Innis Town Hall

ROUGH AUNTIES D: Kim Longinotto |UK | 2008 | 103 min

Fearless and feisty, a resolute group of remarkable women protect and care for abused, neglected and forgotten children in Durban, South Africa, confronting their nation’s social strife while battling their own personal tragedies.

Sunday, May 2
11:00 a.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre

SHINJUKU BOYS D: Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams | UK, Japan | 1995 | 53 min

Intimately revealing, SHINJUKU BOYS looks at three Japanese “onnabes” - women living as men but who aren’t typically lesbian - who work at Tokyo’s New Marilyn Club where women prefer their version of male companionship to that of “real” men.

Screening with EAT THE KIMONO D: Kim Longinotto, Claire Hunt | UK | 1989 | 60 min

Charismatic and controversial, performer Hanayagi Genshu tours Japan, motivating crowds with her own outspoken brand of feminism: “You mustn’t be eaten by the kimono. You must eat the kimono, and gobble it up.”

Saturday, May 1
11:30 a.m.
ROM Theatre

SISTERS IN LAW D: Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi | Cameroon, UK | 2005 | 104 min

This Cannes award-winner follows the awe-inspiring work of state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba, two visionary women fiercely determined to improve their Cameroon community by battling a cultural legacy of spousal and child abuse.

Friday, May 7
1:00 p.m.
Alliance Cumberland Cinemas


Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. From April 29 to May 9, 2010, Hot Docs will present an outstanding selection of 170+ documentaries from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions, market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Toronto Documentary Forum, May 5 and 6, and The Doc Shop.

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