The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival has marked the UN International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting by announcing the World Premiere of A Girl from Mogadishu at a gala screening at Odeon Point Village.
The screening will take place on Feb 22nd and the film is based on true story of female empowerment based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed.
Written and directed by Mary McGuckian, A Girl from Mogadishu tells of Ifrah’s astonishing and powerful journey as a refugee from Somalia who emerges as one of the world’s foremost activists for the eradication of FGM/C.
Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, she is trafficked to Ireland where she undergoes a traumatic medical examination which reveals the extent of her mutilation as a child.
Traumatized by the memory, she turns her experiences into a force for good, emerging as one of the world’s most foremost global activists against FGM/C.
‘A Girl from Mogadishu’ stars Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder, Birth of a Nation) as Ifrah, Martha Canga Antonio (Black) and Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner 2049, Eye of the Storm, Captain Phillips) as well as Somali icon, Maryam Mursals.