DATE OF RELEASE: 2009
NOTABLE APPEARANCES: Efua Dorkenoo, International Anti-FGM activist, Author Ghana/UK (narrator)
LANGUAGES: English, French, Somali, Swahili, English subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 62 mins
KEY ISSUES/ THEMES: Female genital mutilation, global feminism
Beautifully directed by Emmy Award® winner Paula Heredia and produced by Equality Now, AFRICA RISING travels through remote villages in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Somalia and Tanzania.
Weaving together dynamic footage and the poignant stories of girls personally affected by FGM, it shows how African women and men are putting an end to this human rights violation. Convincing circumcisers to lay down their knives, engaging the police to implement the law, and honing leadership skills in girls, these determined activists have been working tirelessly for years to conceptualize their campaign. AFRICA RISING paints an intimate portrait of the broadly-based but little-known anti-FGM movement and shows that courageous, creative and resourceful individuals can change the course of history.