‘A Girl from Mogadishu’ to Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Edinburgh International Film Festival, (June 19th – June 30th), has announced that it will host the International Premiere of A Girl from Mogadishu at The Odeon on Friday 28th June at 20:45pm with a follow up screening on Saturday 29th June 17:30pm at Filmhouse.

This inspiring true story of female empowerment based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed written and directed by Mary McGuckian tells the story of Ifrah’s astonishing and powerful journey to the global stage as one of the world’s foremost activists against Female Genital Mutilation. Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, she is trafficked to Ireland where a traumatic medical examination reveals the extent of her mutilation as a child. Traumatized by the memory, she channels the experience into a force for change and emerges as a formidable campaigner at the highest political echelons.

Stars Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder, Birth of a Nation) as Ifrah, Martha Cango Antonio (Black) and Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner, Eye of the Storm, Captain Phillips) as well as Somali icon, Maryam Mursal with an original score by Nitin Sawhney and featuring Quiet by Milck.

Producer, writer and director, Mary McGuckian (Man on the Train & The Price of Desire) adds:

“Ifrah is an immensely inspiring person and her extraordinary story speaks to all of refugee status, sexual violence in conflict, gender-based violence, the asylum system as well as FGM. A Girl from Mogadishu celebrates the power of testimony. How, when women find the courage to stand-up, speak out and tell their truth, the impact can be more than inspiring and empowering, and act as a meaningful catalyst for change. The Edinburgh International Film Festival has always been ahead of the curve in terms of presenting films for, by and about women so we are delighted by the invitation to host A Girl from Mogadishu’s international premiere there in June.

Ifrah Ahmed’s message is:

“I hope A Girl from Mogadishu can impact the global conversation around FGM/C in the way that Philadelphia did for HIV/AIDS”.

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