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Country: IRELAND, BELGIUM, SOMALIA
Run Time: 112 minutes
Ninety-eight percent of women in Somalia have undergone cutting, commonly known as female genital mutilation. At the age of eight, Ifrah Ahmed is held down by her grandmother while a doctor conducts a medical procedure to remove her clitoris without anesthetics. At age 15, she is married off to a 50-year-old who abuses her. Thankfully, she is able to eventually escape. However, Ifrah is still not safe in war-torn Somalia. She endures a gang-rape by local soldiers and flees the country by being smuggled into Ireland, where she seeks asylum. There, Ifrah makes it her mission to give a voice to the women subjected to this damaging cultural tradition and end its practice. Ifrah wants the world to know that it’s not a Muslim tradition to be condoned in the name of religion; it is mutilation and a human rights violation affecting 140 million women worldwide. A GIRL FROM MOGADISHU is a gripping and inspiring recount of how a teen from Somalia’s capital went from a scared, voiceless girl to a world-renowned activist. (In English and Somali with subtitles) — R.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 2:05 PM ET
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8:30 PM ET
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 4:35 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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