Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams

still from Gaea Girls

Gaea Girls (2000), by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, is a great example of the depth and vision that results when documentary makers gain access to a subculture -- in this film, the world of women's wrestling in Japan. The aspiring women wrestlers' training includes disturbing violence and blood, which at times would seem to be difficult to film. Discussing how she shot one of the fights, Longinotto told Indiewire's Philippa Bourke that "being behind the camera does kind of inure you a little bit, because you're worrying about focus and framing and you've got something to do. But I was crying all the time that we were filming."
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