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Dabla! Excision (1996)

While men fight for territory and power in many African nations, a growing number of women are involved in a struggle of a very different nature.

Each year in 26 countries, approximately two million African girls undergo excision or infibulation, causing physical and psycholgical trauma that can profoundly affect their sexual, reproductive and emotional lives. This widespread, ancient practice of removing a young girl's genital organs has now become the battleground for major social change. FGM is widely denounced by international agencies, and the UN charter of Rights classes it among the extreme forms of violence against women and children. Since the 1980s, a widespread but little-publicized international movement has been consolidating to eliminate this harmful practice. In 1996, following the Beijing Women's Conference, the World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Inter-African Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices (IAC), implemented a strategic 20 year plan to eliminate FGM.

Shot primarily in West Africa and Québec Canada,DABLA! EXCISION follows the dynamic campaign by African women, with the support of international agencies and non-government organizations, to stop an ancestral tradition whose primary purpose has been to control female sexuality. We learn of their key strategies and motivations, and discover the obstacles they must overcome to achieve their goal.

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DABLA ! EXCISION please contact:

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514- 276- 9556 #0

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* Original French version (73 min.)
* Short Version (46 min.)
* English subtitled version (46 min.)

Personal use 19,95$*
Institutional: 49,95$*

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Les Productions Virage
6300 avenue du Parc, bur. 605
Montréal, Québec
(514)-276-9556 #42

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