October 11th is the International Day of the Girl, and to mark it, I’m really happy to announce the release of a very special documentary my students produced. Last February I took a group of students to Kenya to shoot a film about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the work that AMREF Health Africa is doing to put an end to this dangerous practice. (You may have read my post earlier this year about the trip, which provides more details about all of this.) “Saying NO to the Cut” is the result of this labour of love by several talented young women in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University.
(Don’t see the video? Try this link: https://youtu.be/FGANVC0Pc94)
I’m so very proud of the work my students did and the fact that this video will help AMREF educate people about the issues and their campaign to end FGM.
Congratulations to students Maria Sartzetaki, Hayley Graham, Marla Ellis, Hannah White, Jessica Burtt, Trae Nguyen, and Samantha Tenus, and special thanks to Jennifer Foulds from AMREF Canada as well as the staff at AMREF Health Africa’s Nairobi office without whom this film would not have come to be.
Would you like to help AMREF stop FGM? You can make a donation here: http://amrefcanada.org/ryerson
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the people of Magadi, Kenya and the other nearby communities we visited, and especially Beverly, the central character in our film, who was brave enough to “say no to the cut” and share her story of courage with other girls at risk of FGM and the rest of the world.