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Documaker Kim Longinotto Explores Private Finance Model with ‘Dreamcatcher’

17 November 2014 2:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland — Brit documentarian Kim Longinotto, recognized Saturday at Poland’s Camerimage fest for outstanding achievement in the genre, has broken through cultural barriers and faced down threats from angry patriarchs in her four decades of chronicling marginalized — and often abused — women.

Having launched her career exposing random institutional cruelties at the English girls’ school where she was virtually held prisoner, Longinotto has been drawn to stories of women fighting back against coercion, female genital mutilation and forced marriage as auds have found in films such as 2009 Sundance winner “Rough Aunties,” “The Day I Will Never Forget” and last year’s “Salma.”

Her upcoming project “Dreamcatcher,” chronicling the battles of a former West Side Chicago prostitute and addict to help other vulnerable inner-city girls avoid that fate, has opened up new horizons for the director.

The film was passed over by U.K. broadcasters BBC and ITV, after which the U. »

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