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The Cut Documentary - Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C) In Kenya

Short documentary about Mary (aged 14 years) and Alice (who is in her early 20’s) from Kenya. Both are affected by the traditional rite of passage into womanhood: genital cutting. Mary and her community are preparing for her ceremonial cutting, and Alice is studying to be a social worker to work against female genital mutilation. As the first in her community to refuse the practice, Alice has paid a high price for her choice to break with tradition. Alice tells of the different myths she encounters in the community around her, as to why circumcision is practiced. Mary, on the other hand, has no voice. She just goes through the preparations and rituals in silence.

Film by: Linda May Kallestein (Director) / Phantomfilm (Producer) / Justo N. Casal (Photographer) / Trine Nordmark Børstad (Editor) Length: 13 mins
Year: 2009 Hosted By: Vimeo
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Female Genital Mutilation

Whilst FGM gets little coverage in western media, it is a huge deal in parts of Africa in particular. The total number of girls and women who have undergone FGM has been estimated at anywhere between 100 and 200 million. Most FGM takes place in Africa, away from the global media spotlight, so we generally continue to ignore this barbaric issue

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