British filmmaker Kim Longinotto will receive this year’s BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award.
Longinotto has been directing documentaries since the late 1970s with a particular interest in the plight of women around the world.
Her first film, Pride of Place (1976), was about her boarding school and shot while attending England’s National Film School. Other credits include Eat the Kimono, Hidden Faces, Divorce Iranian Style, Sisters In Law, Pink Saris, Love Is All and Salma.
Her most recent doc, Dreamcatcher, focuses on the work of Chicago-based Brenda Myers-Powell, whose charity helps women leave the sex industry. It won a directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and has also been shortlisted in two categories – Best Cinema Documentary and Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme (International) – for the Grierson Trust’s 2015 British Documentary Awards.
“Kim is a filmmaker like no other. In a genre still dominated by men, she holds a unique place in that world,” said Grierson Trust chairman Lorraine Heggessey in a statement. “Fearless, she travels around the globe to difficult and dangerous places, often putting herself at risk, to bring important and hidden stories to light. I’m proud that she will be will crowned with our highest honor, The BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award.”
The BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award recognizes contributions to the art and craft of documentary filmmaking and has been given to John Battsek, Kevin Macdonald, John Pilger, Penny Woolcock, Nick Fraser and Sir David Attenborough, among others.
The 43rd annual British Documentary Awards will be presented at a London ceremony on November 2. Check out this year’s nominees here.