New Gambian Film on FGM to Premiere September 30

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A new Gambian feature film on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Bleeding Blade will premiere on September 30, 2017, the film is a production of Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu.

The film is about a young Gambian girl Sira who stood against FGM in her community. Shot at Gambia College Brikama Campus, the premiere of the movie will be held at the headquarters of GAMCOTRAP a civil society organization advocating for an end to FGM. It will then go on a screening tour across all communities in and out of the country where FGM is of concern.

In an interview with The Fatu Network, Prince Sankanu, the producer said he is redirecting the narrative because professional filmmakers have been missing in the FGM debates.

“We have seen countless documentaries and reports about FGM activities but we are yet to see professional cinematic sensitization work on the fight against FGM from the perspectives of the affected young women generation.”

Sankanu, who is inspired by Sembene Ousmane, the father of African cinema MOODALE (2004) film on FGM, revealed that he set himself a target of seeing at least 10 Gambian films made during the course of 2017 as part of his new wave of Gambia filmmaking.


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