The RAI Lifetime Achievement Award, which has been given at RAI Film Festivals since 1990 to honour outstanding contributions to ethnographic documentary film-making or academic visual anthropology, will be awarded in 2019 to multi award winning filmmaker Kim Longinotto.
In collaboration with the School of Arts at the University of Bristol, Kim will give the 2019 George Brandt Lecture, which was first established to commemorate the founder of Film and Television Studies at the University of Bristol.
In the spirit of documentary encounter, the event will take the form of a conversation between Kim and Angela Piccini, of the Department of Film and Television and the gathered audience. We will screen and discuss film excerpts spanning Kim’s 42-year career and encourage the audience to challenge, provoke and celebrate with us.
Kim Longinotto began her journey into filmmaking with the foundation course at Bristol University, which was set up by George Brandt. From there she went to the National Film and Television School, which enabled her to make her first film, Pride of Place (1976), a critical portrait of her former boarding school in Coventry. Kim’s films are characterised by a passionate commitment to the lives of women who struggle against myriad forms of oppression – by families, partners, schools, institutions, the law, sexual and gendered norms. Kim’s participatory, intimate and joyful filmmaking shines a light on the ways in which women navigate these spaces and relationships and on their unswerving attempts to change the world, one small act of repair at a time.
Kim’s films include Hidden Faces (1990, CableACE award), Shinjuku Boys (1995, San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Outstanding Documentary), Divorce Iranian Style (1998, BAFTA Flaherty Documentary Award), Gaea Girls (2000), The Day I Will Never Forget (2002, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Humanitarian Award), Sisters in Law (2005, Cannes, C.I.C.A.E. Award), Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go (2007), Rough Aunties (2008, Sundance, Grand Jury Prize), Pink Saris (2010, CPH:DOX, Amnesty Award), Salma (2013), Dreamcatcher (2015, Sundance, Directing).
The award ceremony and the lecture will take place on Thursday 28 March 2019, 6-8PM, The Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ.