Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go is British-born filmmaker Kim Longinotto’s 13th directorial credit since 1976. Her films have won international acclaim and dozens of premiere awards at festivals worldwide, including most recently a Sundance World Cinema Documentary Jury Prize for Rough Aunties. Other awards include the Amnesty International DOEN Award at IDFA for The Day I Will Never Forget, which premiered on HBO in 2003, and the Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival and a BAFTA Award for Divorce Iranian Style (1998). Her film Sisters in Law, set in Kumba, Cameroon, premiered and won two prizes at Cannes including the prestigious Prix art et Essai Award, as well as a Peabody Award. She also won Outstanding Documentary at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for Shinjuku Boys (1995).
Longinotto studied camera and directing at England’s National Film School, before working as the cameraperson on a variety of documentaries for TV, including Cross and Passion, an account of Catholic women in Belfast, and Underage, a chronicle of unemployed adolescents in the English city of Coventry. In 1986, she formed the production company Twentieth Century Vixen.
Articles and Interviews with Longinotto
BBC Film Network: Interview with Kim Longinotto
The BBC talks to the director of Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, which premiered at BRITDOC 07. (July 25, 2007)
Still in Motion: Interview
Blogger Pamela Cohn talks with Kim Longinotto. (July 22, 2008)
Salon.com: Marriage Among the Mullahs
The directors of Divorce Iranian Style speak out about unhappy marriages, Islamic law and the rights of women. (December 16, 1998)
Bright Lights Film Journal: Rebel Girls
Taking a look at six of Kim Longinotto's documentary films. (August 2005)