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A Girl from Mogadishu

Ireland, Belgium, Somalia2019112minFictionDCPcolor

DirectorMary MCGUKIAN

Circumcised at eight. Raped by wandering militiamen at twelve. Fully infibulated again at thirteen, and then married off to a fifty-year-old man who regularly beat her; Ifrah Ahmed runs away to a place she had once known as home in war torn Mogadishu to find it had become the kind of battleground. Ifrah makes the extraordinary journey out of war-torn Somalia and arrives in Dublin, Ireland. She reacts incredibly quickly, learns English at breakneck speed and unearths an enviable technical talent for harnessing social media. She quickly becomes a leading activist against gender-based violence.

Schedule

  • 2019-08-18

    11:00

    Shinyoung Theater

    15 E Go

  • 2019-08-19

    21:00

    Alpensia Cinema

    15 E Go

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Program Note

Ifrah, a refugee from war-torn Somalia in 2006 finally settles down in Ireland. She receives her first medical examination and discovers that she is the victim of female genital mutilation. Amid the confusion and hardship, she becomes an international activist against gender-based discrimination and female genital mutilation. Based on the true story of Ifrah Ahmed, a Somalian women’s human rights activist, the film stars Aja Naomi King, known for TV shows How to get away with murder.

Credit

  • ProducerMary MCGUCKIAN, Adrian POLITOWSKI
  • Cast Aja Naomi KING, Martha Cango ANTONIO, Barkhad ABDI
  • Screenwriter Mary MCGUCKIAN
  • Cinematography Michael LAVELLE
  • Music Nitin SAWHNEY

Director

  • Mary MCGUKIAN

    Irish filmmaker Mary MCGUKIAN has been producing, writing and directing feature films independently for over twenty years. A Girl from Mogadishu marks her twelfth film.