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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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Longinotto starts Dreamcatchers

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Rise Films is reteaming with Longinotto for Us prostitution documentary.

London-based production company Rise Films is reteaming with Kim Longinotto for her latest feature documentary, The Dreamcatchers.

Principal photography started this week in Chicago, marking Longinotto’s first film shot in the Us.

The film will follow two former prostitutes who now help women get out of prostitution and teach vulnerable girls how to avoid sexual exploitation.

The veteran filmmaker will have unparalleld access to sex workers in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. Rise has already worked in Chicago with Steve James’ The Interrupters, about gang violence.

Rise previously worked with Longinotto’s 2009 Sundance prize winner Rough Aunties.

On The Dreamcatchers, Rise’s Teddy Leifer produces with Lisa Stevens; John Stack serves as associate producer.

Finance comes from Impact Partners; executive producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous and Regina Scully. (Rise recently worked with Dreyfous and Scully on The Invisble War.)

The Dreamcatchers
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Longinotto starts Dreamcatchers shoot

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Exclusive: Rise Films is reteaming with Longinotto for Us prostitution documentary.

London-based production company Rise Films is reteaming with Kim Longinotto for her latest feature documentary, The Dreamcatchers.

Principal photography started this week in Chicago, marking Longinotto’s first film shot in the Us.

The film will follow two former prostitutes who now help women get out of prostitution and teach vulnerable girls how to avoid sexual exploitation.

The veteran filmmaker will have unparalleld access to sex workers in Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. Rise has already worked in Chicago with Steve James’ The Interrupters, about gang violence.

Rise previously worked with Longinotto’s 2009 Sundance prize winner Rough Aunties.

On The Dreamcatchers, Rise’s Teddy Leifer produces with Lisa Stevens; John Stack serves as associate producer.

Finance comes from Impact Partners; executive producers are Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous and Regina Scully. (Rise recently worked with Dreyfous and Scully on The Invisble War.)

The Dreamcatchers
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Kim Longinotto: 'Film-making saved my life'

She discusses her latest, award-winning documentary, about women in South Africa fighting for abused children

Kim Longinotto is in love. Not with just one person. And not in a sexual way. But she definitely loves the sound recordist on her latest film, the co-director she collaborated with in Iran, the anti-female-circumcision activist she worked with on The Day I Will Never Forget, all the teachers who so patiently held and calmed and reassured the damaged, excluded children of the Mulberry Bush school in her film Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go. She loves those damaged children too: Alex, the eight-year-old who tells his teacher he's going to kick her in the cunt; Michael, the 12-year-old who says there are "too many fucking arseholes in this fucking class". Longinotto's personality is like a long, warm bath. She loves almost everyone.

I arrive at her door, the cold whipping my back, the ridiculous,
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