To mark the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival has announced the world premiere of an Irish film telling the story of female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor Ifrah Ahmed. The film will premiere on 22 February, at 8.30pm at the Odeon Point Village. Written and directed by Mary McGuckian, the film A Girl from Mogadishu is a true story of female empowerment. Ifrah Ahmed, played by American actress Aja Naomi King,fled from war-torn Somalia as a refugee in 2006, she was trafficked to Ireland. There she experienced a traumatic medical examination which revealed the extent of her mutilation as a child. She turned her experiences into a force for good, emerging as one of the world foremost global activists against FGM or ‘cutting’. It is a cultural practice in certain parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and the EU estimates that 500,000 girls and women living in Europe are living with the lifelong consequences of female genital mutilation.
Learn more about FGM and Ifrah’s amazing story here:
The 17th Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland’s premier film event, returns to the capital from 20 February to 3 March. The programme features over 125 events including local and international feature films, short films and documentaries, along with a dedicated children’s and young people’s programme and a host of special events featuring industry leaders.
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