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A Girl From Mogadishu (2019)

Drama, Irish Film 1h 53m

This inspiring drama is based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, anti-Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 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 barbarity of FGM while finding hope in the power of individuals to empower and effect change.

Director

Mary McGuckian

Screenwriter

Mary McGuckian

Language

English

Countries

Ireland, Belgium, Africa

Bonus Content

A Girl From Mogadishu Panel Discussion

37m

A panel discussion exploring issues raised in the film hosted by UN Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason.

Panellists are: Ifrah Ahmed, Ifrah Foundation, Mary McGuckian, Director, Pembridge Productions, Nitin Sawhney, CBE, Film Composer, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA and Anders Thomsen, UNFPA Somalia.

Also includes post-panel video insert with Aja Naomi King.

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