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Cannes 'honour' for African film
Florence Ayisi
Florence Ayisi co-directed the film with Kim Longinotto
A lecturer says she is "honoured" that her documentary about court life in Cameroon will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

Florence Ayisi, who works at the University of Wales, Newport, co-directed the film Sisters in Law.

She said she hoped the feature-length film would make people think differently about Africa.

Shot over three months, the movie follows a state prosecutor and a judge in a courthouse in the town of Kumba.

Ms Ayisi, who grew up in Kumba, said it portrayed "strong and positive images of women in Cameroon".

The filmmakers followed four court cases involving women and young girls, and explored the work of state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Beatrice Ntuba, the judge in the magistrate's court.

Vera Ngassa, the State Prosecutor, and Beatrice Ntuba, the judge in the magistrate's court
The film documents life for women in a Cameroon courtroom

"To have it selected for screening in Cannes is a fantastic honour," said Ms Ayisi.

"I am just so scared I am dreaming and I will wake up - I am so excited.

"This is great for the women who gave us their time and allowed us to film their stories.

"We are hoping that some of the women in the film will be in Cannes for the premiere."

Ms Ayisi is programme leader on the film and video course at the International Film School Wales (IFSW).

"Sisters in Law shows women's courage, strength and determination to break away from their violent lives with the support of their sisters in the judicial system," she said.

She said she was constantly frustrated at how Africa was "consistently portrayed as a place of perpetual misery and despair".

"This film presents a different reality in contemporary Africa, a perspective that moves beyond the negative stereotypes," she added.

The movie, filmed between August and November 2004, was first screened on 9 March 2005 in London as part of the Birds Eye View Film festival, and will be shown in Cannes from 19-21 May.

Ms Ayisi said she hopes the film might be screened at the Cardiff film festival later in the year.

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