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a film by Beryl Magoko

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2018 | 90:00 min

Content Categories

Documentary
90min original English, German, Kikuria, Swahili version with English subtitles available
Synopsis
As a child in Kenya, the filmmaker Beryl Magoko was subjected to a life-threatening ritual of which many girls become victims even today. At the time, “female circumcision” – a friendly, barely adequate term for the genital mutilation she endured with horrible pain – seemed to her like something that was an integral part of growing up. Today she knows that it doesn’t have to be that way. Knowledge alone doesn’t help her, so she meets other victims who, like her, waver between anger and shame and still suffer from the procedure decades later.

With her personal and highly political film, Beryl Magoko sets out on a journey that leads her both into the past and the future. Strikingly frank, but without anger, she confronts her own family with questions and reproaches. At the same time she is facing the decision whether to undergo reconstructive surgery and begin a new chapter in her life. (DOK Leipzig, Luc-Carolin Ziemann)
Festivals/Awards
2018
DOK Leipzig
Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, the Film Prize Leipziger Ring and the Young Eyes Film Award
IDFA Amsterdam

2019
FIFDH Human Right Filmfestival in Genf
"One World" Human Right Filmfestival in Bukarest
Berlin Feminist Film Week
IFFF Dortmund | Köln
megaherz Student Award - 34 DOK.fest Munich
nominated for German Documentary Award 2019 - 3 SWR DOKU FESTIVAL
Winner of STZ Leserjury Prize 2019 – 3 SWR DOKU FESTIVAL
Cast and Crew
  • Director Beryl Magoko
  • Director of Photography Jule Katinka Cramer
  • Editor Fani Schoinopoulou (BFS)
  • Sound Malin Schmid, Johannes von Barsewisch
  • Sound Design Tim Elzer
  • Score Fatoumata Diawara, Matthias Wittwer (Matt Weiss), Lennart Saathoff
Original Languages

English

German

Swahili

Production Company
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln | KHM
Peter-Welter-Platz 2, 50676 Köln

Fax: +49 221 2018917

Phone: +49 221 201890

presse@khm.de
http://www.khm.de
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