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Kung Fu Grandma

Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2012

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Grandmothers learn Kung Fu in shanty towns in Kenya. We'll find out why.

In the Korogocho slum in Nairobi, a group of women in their 50s to 80s is learning Kung-Fu. This film features these Kung-Fu grandmothers and explores the dark circumstances motivating them.

In the Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya, widespread rape cases of older women is rampant. Besides other prejudices, local young men, mostly under the influence of drugs and alcohol, are convinced that sex with an older woman cures AIDS. This documentary follows a group of older women who have decided to jointly prepare for violent attacks by taking self-defence training. The mutual support they provide each other gives them self-confidence and the courage to confront the everyday reality of life in the slum. At the same time, group training offers an excellent opportunity for communal meetings and discussions on other subjects as well as for dancing. Instead of resignation at the possibility of having to stand up to younger, stronger rapists, the film documents the positive energy emerging from these women.

Korogocho, Kenya. A slum district of acute poverty and violence.
In recent years, the settlement's older women have become vulnerable to attack, at the hands of younger men. Fuelled by rumours that intercourse with an elderly woman can act as a cure for AIDS, a spate of horrifying sexual assaults has occurred. Now, a group of grandmothers come together to protect themselves - the eponymous Kung Fu Grannies.

The film follows Rose, Jane, Mary and their fellow grannies on a liberating self-defence course, placed within a wider tapestry of Korogocho life; its laughter and its sadness; its children, and its men; searching for the deeper reasons behind its shocking violence. What unfolds is a powerful and challenging portrait of a community and its resilience, and a testament to the Kung Fu Grannies' bravery and fighting spirit.

dir. JEONG-ONE PARK

UK/KENYA, 2012, 27′, VO ST FR



a documentary film directed by Jeong-One Park

Prod : Royal Holloway University of London, and supported by One World Media.

Director / Editor / Cinematographer: Jeong-One Park

Awards / Festivals
- Best Short Film at the Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival (USA)
- Best Short Film at the London Feminist Film Festival (UK)
- Best Short Film at the Cineffable (France)
- First Prize at the International Women's Film Festival (Korea)
- Nominated for the One World Media Awards (UK)
- Finalists for the Médecins Sans Frontières Film Competition (Australia)

- Official Selection at the 8th Elles tournent (Brussels, Belgium)
- Official Selection at the 15th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic)
- Official Selection at the DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland)
- Official Selection at the 10th London Short Film Festival (UK)
- Official Selection at the Quadrangle Film Festival (UK)
- Official Selection at the DocsDF Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de México (Mexico)
- Official Selection at the New York City Independent Film Festival (USA)
- Official Selection at the 18th Next Frame International Film Festival (USA)
- Official Selection at the Show Me Justice Film Festival (USA)
- Official Selection at the AIFF Aruba International Film Festival (Aruba)
- Official Selection on the Newcomer Documentary at the 10th Reykjavík Shorts & Docs Festival (Iceland)
- Official Selection at the this human world International Human Rights Film Festival in Vienna (Austria)
- Official Selection at the Umeå International Short Film Festival (Sweden)
- Official Selection at the FIRST Youth Film Festival (China)
- Official Selection at the 5th Women's International Film Festival (India)
- Official Selection at the 9th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival (India)
- Official Selection at the Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan International Festival of Documentary Films (Kyrgyzstan)
- Invited to the 12th CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (Canada)
- Invited to International Documentary Association (IDA)'s the 16th Annual DocuWeeks™ (USA)

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NL

Hoe grootmoeders van 60, 80 of zelfs 100 jaar Kung Fu leren om te overleven in een van de gevaarlijkste sloppenwijken van Kenia.

dir. JEONG-ONE PARK

UK/KENYA, 2014, 27′, VO ST FR


2016 | Elles tournent | Brussels, Belgium
* Selected
http://ellestournent.be/?p=12475

2013 | One World - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival | Prague, Czech Republic
* Selected
www.oneworld.cz/2013/films-a-z/23361-kung-fu-grandma

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