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A Girl from Mogadishu (2019)

Based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, who - having made the extraordinary journey to escape war-torn Somalia - emerged as one of the world's foremost international activists against Gender... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Aja Naomi King ... Ifrah Ahmed
Barkhad Abdi ... Hassan
Martha Canga Antonio ... Amala
Luke Spencer Roberts ... NGO Rep
Orla Brady ... Emer Costello
Maryam Mursal Maryam Mursal ... Grandmother
Stanley Townsend ... Joe Costello
Pauline McLynn ... Social Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hamse Abdi Hamse Abdi ... Flight Attendant
Hussein Abdi Hussein Abdi ... Uncle
Mahamed Warsame Abdirabi Mahamed Warsame Abdirabi ... Militia Man 2
Ifrah Ahmed Ifrah Ahmed ... Fashion Show Model 3
Mohamed Abdillahi Bahdon Mohamed Abdillahi Bahdon ... Amin I
Samira Benali Samira Benali ... Check-in Attendant
Ayantu Boulanger Ayantu Boulanger ... Asha
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Based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, who - having made the extraordinary journey to escape war-torn Somalia - emerged as one of the world's foremost international activists against Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation. Written by Production

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10 October 2019 | by TigerHeronSee all my reviews

I saw this film last night at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Although it lacks the polish of a Hollywood film, it was compelling, dramatic and beautifully shot. I had thought I knew all about FGM, but I learned some things from the film. I hadn't known, for example, about economic aspects of FGM.

The film uses the activist's testimony from her speeches and writings as a subtle background narration in a dramatization of her life. It follows her as she flees war-torn Somalia and escapes to Ireland, where she is granted asylum as a refugee. Later she returns to Somalia, and this is the most dramatic aspect of the film.

Hundreds of millions of women have had FGM or are at risk. I hope this film is released nationally so that more people will gain an understanding of the issue.

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3 April 2020 (Ireland) See more »


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