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  • Summary: Totally fascinating and often hilarious, this crowd-pleasing film follows tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba as they help women in their Cameroon village fight difficult cases of abuse. With fierce compassion, they dispense wisdom and wisecracks inTotally fascinating and often hilarious, this crowd-pleasing film follows tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba as they help women in their Cameroon village fight difficult cases of abuse. With fierce compassion, they dispense wisdom and wisecracks in fair measure. (Women Make Movies) Expand
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    This is a serious film, but it is also entertaining. Ngassa and Ntuba should be galvanizing figures for a nation stuck on "Judge Judy" and "Jerry Springer."
  2. 80
    This is a story of real heroism that will leave you weeping, laughing and singing.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    80
    When the right thing is done, it is uplifting in any context. Sisters in Law positively soars.
  4. Because the film focuses entirely on the women's work, we learn too little about their personal histories. How did they even rise to such prominence in what appears to be an extremely patriarchal society?
  5. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    Documentary has the fascination of watching an African "Judge Judy" with a more important case load. It also offers the satisfaction of seeing the law being used to change patterns of social injustice.
  6. 70
    The movie is an absorbing series of one-on-ones. Local courtroom protocol is based on the British system; the law itself appears to be a complicated combination of tribal tradition, Muslim sharia, and government statutes.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    25
    If the film is meant to make us feel good about African justice, it does anything but.

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