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Videos on Female Cutting (sorted by alphabetical order)


Posted On: Jan 07 2008

A new South African short film, “Cutting Silence”, written and directed by Reina-Marie Loader and produced by International Radio Pictures’ Kit Reynolds, has been selected for competition in the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in New York in February.

The 29-minute film, a drama about the traditional but highly controversial practice of female circumcision in North African countries, was entirely shot in South Africa with a local crew and cast. It was partly funded by the Austrian Department of Woman’s Affairs.

“We built an entire Somalian village in Irene, just outside of Johannesburg, and had five days in which to shoot,” says Reynolds. “The production was made possible with generous support from Roddy Barker of Camera Facilities, MCC and Canvas and Tent. We were lucky enough to have had the most wonderful crew and cast.”

Warrior Marks (1995)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

Film made by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar. 
Production Date: 1995 

Women Make Movies, Inc.
462 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013

Price: N/A

Rights of Passage

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(30 mins). English documentary produced by UNICEF chronicling four stories of young women's survival (Nicaragua, India, Jamaica, Burkina Faso). FGM is addressed in the Burkina Faso piece. 

Production Date: N/A 

The Piercing Scream

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(30 mins). Video of a play by young Egyptian women discussing their experience of circumcision. (Arabic with english subtitles). 
Production Date: N/A 

Oprah Winfrey Show (1995)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

A segment of this show is devoted to the topic of FGM. Speakers included Ms. Soraya Mire, Ms. Mimi Ramsey, and Dr. Nahid Toubia. 
Production Date: 1995 

NOCIRC Composite Video (1992)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(16 mins). Shows both male and female circumcisions. 
Production Date: 1992 

POBox 2512,
San Anselmo, CA 94979-2512

Price: $20 (including S&H).

Nightline with Ted Koppel

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

Ted Koppel addresses FGM with African women. 
Production Date: January 1995 

Inter-African Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(18 mins). This 1992 film discusses the role of the IAC in training, reforming and sensitizing Africans to the dangers of FGM; shows how IAC members carry out their goals at the grass roots level. Note: Poor quality production. 

Persistent Productions,
235 E. Colorado Blvd, Suite 1363,
Pasadena, CA 91101, (818) 752-2571. 

Price: Available on short-term loan.

The Season of Planting Girls (2000)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006


A video production for NGO's campaigning against female circumcision (FGM) in Egypt.


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is forbidden by law in Egypt. It is therefore banned in public and private hospitals and clinics. The government has an active policy discouraging it. But, according to official statistics, about 96% of women in Egypt are still circumcised.

Together with the Egyptian authorities, organisations such as UNICEF, the Ford Foundation, UNDP and others are very active in researching and lobbying against FGM.

In co-operation with these organisations, MediaHouse has produced a video to discourage parents from having their daughters circumcised.

An English and French subtitled version is available.
00:25:00, 2000

PRICE: $ 15, excl. P&P

If you want to order this documentary, please click here

Sharifa's Three Wishes (2000)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

The Kunama in Eritrea

The three wishes of the late Sharifa all pertain to Kunama traditions: One is especially brutal, a clitoridectomy should be performed on her youngest granddaughter, Geneth. Agid, the mother of the child, tries to refuse. She would like to protect her daughter from this ordeal. Agid argues that in the city many families don't perform this ritual anymore. The old powerful women warn that an uncircumcised women will be ostracized from the tribal society, won't be able to inherit and will not be buried in the family grave. The primary threat is the ghost of the ancestors, which can be terrible and can bring tragedy over the entire family.

Documentary, 45 minutes
Camera and Research: GUDRUN FRANK-WISSMANN
Produced by COLORAMA Filmproduktion Frankfurt
Commissioned by NDR, copyright 2000

Ordering Information:
Colorama Film
COLORAMA Film-u. Fernsehproduktion GbR
Klaus Werner Uschi Madeisky
Im Klingenfeld 37
D-60435 Frankfurt/Main

Telephone: +49 (0)69 95 50 70 30
Fax: +49 (0)69 95 50 70 32

Price: € 29.00 plus packaging and postage

Seven Drops of Blood

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

Available in Somali, useful for Somali audiences.
Production Date: N/A

Ordering Information:

Via dei Giubbonari,
30-00186, Rome, Italy.

Price: N/A

Rites (1990)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(52 minutes) Penny Dedman. BBC-Produced. Includes interviews with women who have undergone FGM who talk about the psychological and medical consequences. Contains explanation of how circumcision, excision and infibulation are done; discusses chastity and gives history of hiding female sexuality in both Eastern and Western cultures. While very comprehensive, does not show FGM being performed.
Production Date: 1990 By American Anthropological Association (AAA).

Pourquoi Donc l'Excision/Why Excision

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

Produced by Carlyn Saltman and Justin Yao in collaboration with the National Committee Against Excision in Burkina Faso for Dioula speakers in Burkina and surrounding countries. For conference screenings to non-Dioula audiences, a 10 minute synopsis with English subtitles is also available. The video was funded by the Research Action Information Network for Bodily Integrity of Women (RAINBO) and Carlyn Saltman and received in-kind support from JHU/CCP.

On Their Own (Reham's Story) (2001)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

Reham is a young Muslim woman who has been educated in Western schools and now goes to the American University in Cairo. When she reached the proper age, her mother insisted that she gets circumcised. Despite her father's resistance, Reham got circumcised - in a hospital, under general anesthesia, but circumcised nonetheless.

In this film, Reham recounts the story of her circumcision and how she gained awareness about the harmfulness of the practice.

Reham now works in anti-circumcision campaigns and strives to spread awareness of the fact that the practice if female genital mutilation is harmful, unhealthy, and certainly not a religious decree.

Ordering Information:

Pricing Information:

$15 (excl S&H)

Le Fardeau (The Burden) (1988)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(30 mins). Produced by La cellule De Coordination Sur Les Pratiques Traditionelles Affectant La Sante De La Femme et de L'Enfant en Collaboration Ave La Television National de Guinee. (French Documentary which explores the beliefs perpetuating FGM in Guinea, West Africa.

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Fire Eyes (1994)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

A documentary film directed by Soraya Mire, a Somalian woman who's undergone FGM as a young girl. Fire Eyes unfolds the complexity of FGM and offers an overview of its geographical location, a clinical explanation of FGM, reason/rationale behind the practice, psychological implications, the situation today, modern challenges to the traditional practice, male domination interests and ideology controlling this practice, woman as private property, and the social relationships of reproduction, self-denial and self-sacrifice. Female circumcision creates anxiety for the woman regarding her sexual awareness, its meaning of social significance, social control and punishment.

Production Date: 1994

Ordering Information:

Filmakers Library, Inc.
124 East 40th Street,
New York, NY 10016
(212-808-4980, Fax 212-808-4983).

Pricing Information:
sale:16mm $2000, vid.$445,
rental:16 mm $300,vid $85.

FGM in Egypt (1994)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

Part of the CNN coverage of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). Of a graphic nature.

Ordering Information
Cable News Network

Female Circumcision (1983)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

Louise Panton, 1983. Shows the health problems associated with circumcision.
Production Date: 1983

Ordering Information:
BBC Enterprises Ltd, Kensington House, London W14 OAX, UK.

Price: N/A.

Female Circumcision "Beliefs and Misbeliefs"

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(45 mins.) Filmed in Africa, this film shows FGM being performed in a city street and rural areas, interviews villagers about the reasons/myths surrounding FGM, and depicts educational efforts to eradicate FGM.

Ordering Information:
Inter-African Committee

Production Date: N/A

Dabla! Excision (1996)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

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.

Another Form of Abuse (1992)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(22 mins). FGM England
Efua Dorkenoo talks about FGM in England; interviews women about their experience and the risks they face if they speak out against tradition; depicts FGM with diagrams; includes film of a Sudanese woman undergoing emergency surgery, the result of her husband cutting her on their wedding night because he could not penetrate her; discusses prevention and the sensitivity of the traditional practices which touches religion, culture, race and women's issues.

Produced By: FORWARD, UK
Production Date: 1992

Ordering Information:
Unit 4
765 - 767 Harrow Road
United Kingdom
NW10 5NY

A Cruel Ritual (1991)

Posted On: Dec 09 2006

(40 mins). Louise Panton.

Focuses on Eastern African refugee groups in the United Kingdom -- a group of women on whom infibulation, the most severe form of FGM, has been performed. Women talk about their experience of being mutilated; a woman who performs FGM in Africa shows her operating equipment; legislative attempts to do away with FGM are discussed; and mothers are interviewed about reasons for circumcising daughters. While very comprehensive, does not show FGM being performed.

Production Date: 1991