Media Arts Program
 


Friday, January 30, 2004 — Thursday, February 5, 2004

Kim Longinotto

LONG NIGHTS, BRIGHT SCREENS: THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET

Presented at:
Market Arcade Film and Art Center

(in Somali, Swahili, Masaai, and Kalenjin with English subtitles. England, 2002, 35mm, 92 min.)

The latest feature documentary by director Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian Style, Gaea Girls) examines the practice of female genital mutilation in Kenya and the pioneering African women who are bravely reversing the tradition. In this epic work, women speak candidly about the practice and explain its cultural significance within Kenyan society. From gripping testimonials by young women who share the painful aftermath of their trauma to interviews with elderly matriarchs who stubbornly stand behind the practice, Longinotto paints a complex portrait of the current polemics and conflicts that have allowed this procedure to exist well into modern times.


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