Friday, July 21, 2006

Sisters in Law. Documentary.

One of the best documentaries I've seen in a while. It's still making the festival rounds this summer, I think.

Sisters in Law.

It's a fascinating and totally hilarious look into a courtoom in Cameroon in West Africa, where two determined women are helping their clients fight difficult cases of abuse.

Often we hear that male domination and supremacy are difficult to challenge in many African countries (well, the U.S. too), but these two smart and fierce women take on the system that has often oppressed African women. Case in point, in Kumba, Cameroon, there had been no convictions in spousal abuse cases in over 17 years. That is... until the Sisters in Law took charge.

Think "Judge Judy" meets "Judge Mayblean" in Cameroon.

If you get a chance, check it out. Or listen to this NPR interview/review of Sisters In Law. Or, if you have means to order it for your organization, do it. I did. Looking forward to sharing it with my classes and students in the upcoming year.

You'll never look at abusers, the abused, or the law through the same eyes.

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