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The Day I Will Never Forget

Kim Longinotto

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Festival year: 2011

The Day I Will Never Forget, that won the Amnesty International-DOEN Award at last year’s IDFA, is a eye-opening documentary film in which Kenyan women freely talk about their circumcision. Some despise this tradition, whereas other defend it as Allah’s blessing.

Synopsis

In passionate group discussions, some go as far as saying that women should get rid of ‘that dirty thing’ in order to dissuade adultery. Director Kim Longinotto gets access to an untidy room in which an elderly woman is busy mutilating the genitals of two struggling and distressingly moaning girls. The woman proudly explains how a circumcision is practiced and how satisfied she is after every operation. The men, for their part, have no objections whatsoever: it’s tradition, after all. The Day I Will Never Forget also follows a nurse who tries to raise awareness among husbands, fathers and mothers of the right to self-determination. However, for the time being, only a handful of boys and girls dare take their parents to court.

British filmmaker Kim Longinotto (London, 1952) strongly feels it is her duty to denounce injustice, treating controversial topics with sensitivity and empathy. Her films show ordinary women engaged in extraordinary efforts to put an end to sex stereotyping.

Credits

United Kingdom 2002, 92 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: Swahili, Somali

Subtitles: English

Official website: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c604.shtml

Productions:

Vixen Films

kimlonginotto@hotmail.com

+44 2073597368

http://www.wmm.com

World sales:

Women Make Movies

info@wmm.com

+1 2129250606

www.wmm.com

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When & where?

  • Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 16:00

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 4

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