Films


Powerful images and personal stories

Listed below are some films and videos about FGM which use the power of the power of images and personal stories to convey the context and impact of FGM. Watching these films is a good way to develop an understanding of FGM and the impact it has on millions of women and girls worldwide.

Please note that our aim is to share responsible, respectful and educational material which will help raise awareness on the complicated issues relating to FGM. However this is a sensitive topic and the films may contain images and descriptions which some people could find upsetting and challenging.

A Pinch of Skin

A Pinch of Skin

NID FVC STUDENT FILM look at the practise of khatna (female circumcision or female genital mutilation) among the Dawoodi Bohra community in India.

Animation: What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

Animation: What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

An Al Jazeera English production. FGM, or cutting, is the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia. Watch the explainer animation.

FGM, or cutting, as it is also sometimes known, is the removal of the external female genitalia. The procedure has no health benefits, but can cause great harm and serious health complications for those who undergo the procedure. Besides causing severe pain, the practice has immediate and long-term consequences for the health of women and girls, including complications during childbirth, which could endanger the lives of both mother and child.

Dr Ann Marie Wilson reporting on FGM in Nigeria

Dr Ann Marie Wilson reporting on FGM in Nigeria

Dr Ann Marie Wilson reporting on FGM in Nigeria at the launch of the 28 Too Many Country Profile: FGM in Nigeria.

End Female Genital mutilation in Gambia

End Female Genital mutilation in Gambia

A UNFPA campaign to end FGM in The Gambia.

Female genital mutilation: I watched my sister die in childbirth

Female genital mutilation: I watched my sister die in childbirth

A film from The Guardian. A 25-year-old female genital mutilation (FGM) victim from Gambia, now living in Scotland, tells how she was mutilated when she was eight years old. She says her vagina was sewn up in an effort to control her sexually. The mutilation blocked her menstruation and destroyed her hopes of having a normal sex life. She describes how her sister died in 2008 in childbirth due to FGM. Listen to her extraordinary and tragic story.

FGM activists bring campaign to New York: 'It's not mission impossible'

FGM activists bring campaign to New York: 'It's not mission impossible'

Campaigners against female genital mutilation (FGM) demand a change of direction in tackling the practice and more backing for direct action at Guardian's Global Media Campaign event in New York, on Thursday, 12 March.

'I am a circumciser': inside the campaign to end FGM in Kenya

'I am a circumciser': inside the campaign to end FGM in Kenya

A film from The Guardian. Kenyan women who have enacted female genital mutilation (FGM) on others, and had it done to themselves, talk about their experience. Many girls in rural Kenya undergo genital mutilation, but thanks to the efforts of groups such as the Rural Women Peace Link attitudes are beginning to change. Amateur footage documents some of the successes the group is having in Pokot, in western Kenya.

Jaha Dukureh: From FGM survivor to Time’s ‘most influential’ list

Jaha Dukureh: From FGM survivor to Time’s ‘most influential’ list

A film from The Guardian. Jaha Dukureh has been named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine for her tireless work to end female genital mutilation.

Kenya Exploring Alternatives to Female Genital Mutilation

Kenya Exploring Alternatives to Female Genital Mutilation

Female circumcision has long been a traditional practice for the Samburu and Maasai communities in Kenya. However, times have changed and girls are now going to school rather than getting married as teenagers.

Kenyan girls join poster campaign against FGM

Kenyan girls join poster campaign against FGM

The Guardian's global media campaign to End FGM joins with grassroots activists, anti-FGM pressure group Kepsteno Rotwoo and schoolgirls to launch the first ever poster-art competition and campaign in Kenya's West Pokot region warning thousands of the dangers of female genital mutilation.

My Body My Life

My Body My Life

Abigail is one of thousands of girls we've helped escape the harmful coming-of-age practice of female genital cutting/mutilation (FGC/M) through our Alternative Rites of Passage program.

The program partners directly with Abigail's Maasai community and sensitizes them to the dangers of FGC and promotes a collective decision to abandon it and embrace ARP. The new ritual combines traditional Maasai ceremony with sexual health education and the promotion of girls’ education.

You can find more information at www.amrefusa.org

Nancy: A One Girl Revolution

Nancy: A One Girl Revolution

This empowering film tells the story of Nancy, a young leader whose example has helped build a movement to end FGM and child marriage over the last decade in the Pokot Region of Kenya.  Nancy is an African Suffragette; a pioneer of change at the frontline in one of the most patriarchal tribes in Kenya. Her story has been filmed over 6 years as she evolves from teenage rebel to charismatic role model, during which time she resists being cut and pledges to be an example and is invited by the UNFPA to address the First Ladies at the United Nations. She goes on to campaign for her tribe to abandon FGM and lead a 5 day march across her tribal lands. The film witnesses her work saving girls from the terror of 'the knife’ as well as her intimate personal struggles as a pioneer.

For more details on how Nancy plans to use her story to end FGM, visit her website and current crowd funding appeal.

Needlecraft: an animated story on Female Genital Mutilation

Needlecraft: an animated story on Female Genital Mutilation

Needlecraft tells the harrowing story of Female Genital Mutilation in an animation using needle and thread. The film, which recently won the gold world medal at the 2016 International Television & Film Awards competition, has been used in many countries around the world to help raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation.

Nigerian couple's journey to end FGM

Nigerian couple's journey to end FGM

A film from The Guardian. Nigerian husband-and-wife team Augustine and Gift Abu have devoted their lives to ending female genital mutilation (FGM). Nigeria outlawed the practice last year but, behind closed doors, girls are still being cut. Gift and Abu Augustine take to the streets to speak out against the practice and educate cutters in new ways to make a living.

One Young Gambian Woman's Fight To Expose Reality Of FGM

One Young Gambian Woman's Fight To Expose Reality Of FGM

A Journeyman Pictures film.

My FGM Story: One woman's fight against Gambia's FGM culture

Seventy-six percent of women in The Gambia undergo Female Genital Mutilation as children. Halimatou Ceesay, who was cut when she was nine, is making it her mission to end this brutal tradition in a generation.

"I was crying so much... I can still hear my crying today", Halimatou says as she describes her cutting. FGM is culturally ingrained in The Gambia, and the physical and mental damage inflicted on young girls is often ignored. "I am in tears when I see these girls, it is not fair", explains a nurse. In this report, Halimatou travels across the country, interviewing friends, health experts, a religious scholar and even her own cutter, determined to bring about change.

The Cutting Tradition

The Cutting Tradition

The Cutting Tradition is a 47-minute film, narrated by Meryl Streep, commissioned by FIGO - the International Federation of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Filmed in Ethiopia, Egypt, Djibouti, Burkina Faso and the UK, it looks at the reasons for female genital mutilation in Africa today. The film was produced by SafeHands for Mothers www.safehands.org and FIGO www.figo.org. Winner of Best Direction at the Philadelphia Documentary & Fiction Festival 2010 and Best Documentary Victoria Independent Film Festival 2010.

*There are some distressing scenes in this film which are reconstructions and no child was harmed during the making of this film.

The facts you should know about female genital mutilation

The facts you should know about female genital mutilation

A film from The Guardian. As the world marks International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, UNICEF figures reveal that 70 million more women than previously thought have been cut. The UK’s leading leading authority on FGM Comfort Momoh MBE explains what FGM is and its consequences.

The girl who said no to FGM

The girl who said no to FGM

In a short edit from The Guardian and Accidental Pictures' feature documentary 'Jaha's Promise' we follow the journey of Jaha Dukureh from survivor of FGM and forced child marriage to Time's 100 leader and FGM activist. Confronting her past, her family, her culture, her religion, country and its leaders, Jaha became a lightning-rod for change in Gambia, her work contributing to the eventual government ban on FGM and child marriage.

'The only good woman is a cut woman': the Kenyan challenging FGM stereotypes

'The only good woman is a cut woman': the Kenyan challenging FGM stereotypes

A film from The Guardian. Rescued as a teenager from female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage in West Pokot in Kenya, Rebby Sebei went back to school and later graduated from university with a finance degree. Now she has returned home to challenge a culture that says the only good woman is a cut woman.

Warriors

Warriors

A trailer for the documentary Warriors.

Warriors is a documentary following a group of young Maasai who, in a remote region of Kenya, have remarkably formed a cricket team. They relate the sport to their traditional hunting techniques – the ball is the spear, the bat is the shield – and their flowing red robes in full flight are an awesome sight. The film follows the team as they pursue their dream of reaching England, the home of cricket, and test themselves in the amateur Last Man Stands World Championship. 

But there is a darker heart to the story. The Maasai are male dominated, women have few rights – even to their own bodies – and girls as young as six have suffered Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages. Traditional practices such as these have also contributed to the spread of HIV/Aids, and now many believe the future of the Maasai is under serious threat. The Warriors cricket team are using their new-found unity on the field as an inspiration to those off it, attempting to educate and give young people a sense of belonging, support, and hope.

However, they face resistance from the elders of their community – well-respected and wise men who hold all Maasai traditional practices dear and carry great influence. They fear losing any of their traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. Can cricket really bring change to the region?

'Why did you cut me?' Survivors share the pain of FGM

'Why did you cut me?' Survivors share the pain of FGM

A film from The Guardian. Marking the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation five Nigerian girls who recently underwent FGM in Cross River State talk about the horror of what happened to them and why the want the brutal and illegal practice in Nigeria stopped.

Why outlawing female genital mutilation is not enough: the business of cutting

Why outlawing female genital mutilation is not enough: the business of cutting

More than a decade after female genital mutilation was first outlawed in Kenya, a former cutter explains why it continues to be business as usual despite the law. Daniel Howden and Zoe Flood travel to the remote shores of Lake Bogoria, where girls are forced to run away from home to escape being cut.