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The Day I Will Never Forget

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Synopsis

This film takes you into different Kenyan communities and explores the tradition of circumcision and also love, marriage, families, rebellion and change. We discover girls struggling with their culture and their loyalty to their parents. Will they be strong enough to break with tradition? And if they do, will they be accepted back into their communities, or will they become outcasts? Fardhosa, a woman doctor, takes us into the Somali community where she attempts to open people's minds to try safer and more humane medical practices. Simalo, a young Masai girl, goes home to confront her mother for having married her off to an old man against her will. And finally, sixteen young girls challenge their parents and take the painful decision to take them to court to stop them circumcising them. This has historic implications for their whole culture. The film shows ancient traditions beginning to be questioned by a new generation that doesn't want to suffer as their mothers have done.

Details

Year
2003
Type of film
Features
Running Time
92 mins
Format
35mm, Kodak
Director
Kim Longinotto
Producer
Paul Hamann, Richard McKerrow
Editor
Andrew Willsmore
Director of Photography
Kim Longinotto
Sound
Mary Milton
Music
Charlie Winston

Production Company

Vixen Films

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Sales
Company

Women Make Movies
462 Broadway Suite 504,
New York 10013, USA

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