Director: Mary McGuckian

112 mins, Ireland/Belgium/Morocco, 2019, digital

This film was released on the 4th of December 2020, and is no longer screening.

This inspiring drama of female empowerment is based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, Female Genital Mutilation activist. Fleeing a forced marriage in war-torn Somalia in 2006, Ifrah (Aja Naomi King) is trafficked to Ireland where a medical examination when seeking asylum reveals the extent of her injuries as a child. Traumatised by the memory, she channels the experience into a force for change. With support from her friend Amala (Martha Canga Antonio), and Irish politicians Emer and Joe Costello (Orla Brady and Stanley Townsend), and against opposition from community leaders, religious men and members of her own family, she emerges as a formidable campaigner against FGM at the highest political levels.

Writer/director Mary McGuckian’s dramatisation of this extraordinary story focuses much-needed attention on the scale and barbarity of FGM while finding hope in the power of individuals to empower, speak out, and effect change.

Winner of the Cinema for Peace Woman’s Empowerment’ Award at the Berlin Film Festival 2020.

Film notes by Sunniva O’Flynn.

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