A Girl From Mogadishu

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"Be the voice. Not the victim."
  • TV-MA
  • 2019
  • 1 hr 53 min
  • 6.7  (179)

A Girl From Mogadishu is a biographical drama film directed by Mary McGuckian, released in 2019. The movie is based on the true story of Ifrah Ahmed, a young Somali woman who overcame enormous adversity to become an international campaigner against gender-based violence and female genital mutilation (FGM). The film is set in war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, during the early 1990s. Ifrah Ahmed is a bright and ambitious young woman who dreams of a better future. However, her dreams are shattered when she is subjected to FGM at the age of eight, a brutal and painful procedure that is common practice in her society.

Despite her traumatic experience, Ifrah is determined to escape her oppressive environment and shatters all traditions that requires her to find a husband. She embarks on a dangerous journey, leaving behind her family and friends to seek refuge in Ireland as a refugee. However, even in Ireland, Ifrah's ordeal continues as she faces racism and hostility from both her fellow refugees and the Irish locals.

Ifrah eventually becomes involved with local women's groups, and it is through their support that she finds the strength to speak out about her experience of FGM. She quickly becomes a leading voice in the fight against FGM, speaking at conferences, giving interviews to the media, and even addressing the United Nations.

The movie is expertly crafted, with powerful performances from the cast, particularly Aja Naomi King, who plays Ifrah Ahmed. King's performance is both commanding and sensitive, capturing the complexity of Ifrah's journey and the range of emotions she experiences throughout the movie. Barkhad Abdi, who plays Ifrah's brother, also delivers a nuanced and gripping performance as he navigates the challenges of living in a war-torn country and struggles to understand his sister's desire for change.

Martha Canga Antonio plays a fellow refugee who becomes an important ally to Ifrah in her fight against FGM. Her performance is both charming and heartfelt, adding a much-needed sense of warmth and humor to an otherwise heavy movie.

Overall, A Girl From Mogadishu is a moving and inspiring movie that highlights the importance of speaking out against gender-based violence and the bravery of those who fight for change. The film is sure to leave a lasting impact on viewers, particularly those who may be unaware of the realities of FGM and the challenges faced by refugees.

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    1 hr 53 min
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    6.7  (179)