Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

A Girl From Mogadishu


Year: 2019
Run Time: 112 minutes

A Girl From Mogadishu
A Girl From Mogadishu

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.

CIFF44 Screenings

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

African Diaspora
Women of the World

International Narrative Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Mary McGuckian

Mary McGuckian, Adrian Politowski

Mary McGuckian

Michael Lavelle

Mary McGuckian, Sylvie Lanora, Mairead McIvor

Principal Cast
Aja Naomi King, Martha Canga Antonio, Barkhad Abdi, Orla Brady, Stanley Townsend, Pauline McLynn, Maryam Mursal

Print Source

Community Partners

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter

US Together

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