|Tomorrow’s a Day Away|
UK / 2008 / English, Zulu / Color / Video / 104 min
Director, Photography: Kim Longinotto
Editing: Ollie Huddleston
Sound: Mary Milton
Music: Brenda Fassie
Producers: Paul Taylor, Teddy Leifer
Production Companies: Rise Films, Vixen Films
Source: Rise Films
This is a film about the fearless, feisty, and resolute women behind Bobbi Bear, a nonprofit organization based in Durban, South Africa, that counsels sexually abused children and works to bring their abusers to justice. The filmmaker follows the outspoken multiracial cadre of Thuli, Mildred, Studla, Eureka, and Jackie, as they wage a daily battle against systemic apathy, corruption, and greed to help the most vulnerable of their communities. Facing tragedy daily as part of their advocacy work and, for some, in their personal lives, the women cry, laugh, draw strength from each other, and persevere in their united force for a better tomorrow. Screening supported by the British Council.
Studied camera and directing at the National Film School. After graduation, Longinotto made Eat the Kimono (1989), about Hanayagi Genshu, a Japanese dancer and activist; and The Good Wife of Tokyo (1992), about women in Japan. Subsequent works include Dream Girls (1993) with Jano Williams, about Japan’s Takarazuka theatre revue, and Shinjuku Boys (1995), about transgender women in Tokyo who choose to live as men. Divorce Iranian Style (1998), co-directed with anthropologist Ziba Mir-Hosseini, screened in the International Competition at YIDFF ’99. Gaea Girls (2000), about a Japanese pro women’s wrestling stable, codirected with Jano Williams, screened at YIDFF 2001. Sisters in Law (2005) won the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival.