Rough Aunties

Rough Aunties is an award winning documentary directed by internationally acclaimed director Kim Longinotto about the women of Bobbi Bear in South Africa. To find out more see


Bobbi Bear

The women of Bobbi Bear, or the 'Rough Aunties' as they have come to be known, are fearless, feisty and resolute. They are a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and care for abused, neglected and forgotten children in Durban, South Africa. The Rise Foundation provides UK donors the ability to support Bobbi Bear and their incredible work as they wage a daily battle against systemic apathy, corruption and greed to help the most vulnerable and disenfranchised women and children of their communities. Their purpose is to:

  • Rescue and uphold the rights of sexually abused children.

  • Minimise their risk of HIV infection.

  • Help them towards wholeness.


Rough Aunties Clip

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Alternative donation methods

All donations will be directed to Bobbi Bear to help them carry out their important work protecting vulnerable women and children in South Africa.




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The Rise Foundation thanks Steels Management Limited of Bridgend for their continued support of Bobbi Bear. Your donation will help the ladies of Bobbi Bear continue their work in the name of protecting disadvantaged children in South Africa. Cheers!


Rough Aunties and the DMZ

Rise Films' Rough Aunties has been acquired by the non-profit archive at the DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival...

Rough Aunties screening in 90 German cities in 2011

Rough Aunties screens throughout Germany in 2011 ROUGH AUNTIES, Kim Longinotto’s 2008 Sundance winner about an organi...

Honour Award for Rough Aunties

Rough Aunties director Kim Longinotto receives an Honour Award at the Frauenrechte Film Festival. The award will be receiv...