Kung Fu Grandma (United Kingdom, 27 mins.)
Directed by: Jeong-One Park
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.