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Rough Aunties

British filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Sisters in Law) follows five members of Operation Bobbi Bear, a group dedicated to protecting sexually abused children in Durban, South Africa. Given the horrors they’ve witnessed since the organization was founded in 1992, these working-class women have bonded closer than many families, despite the fact that two are white and three are black. Zulus disdain talking about rape, so the resourceful advocates use toy bears to get the pitifully young victims to describe and work through their pain. Despair gives way to hope as these outspoken, pragmatic, and fiercely maternal women wage a fight for justice along gender and age lines in their post-apartheid nation. In English and subtitled Zulu and Afrikaans. 105 min.

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