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A Girl from Mogadishu announces several global virtual charity premieres & expert panel from Nov 25th- Dec 10th
24 Nov 2020 : News Desk
A Girl from Mogadishu
In advance of its rescheduled release in Ireland and the UK on December 4th, Ifrah Foundation in collaboration with Wallace Global Fund will host a series of virtual premiere screening and high level panel events across the globe during the United Nations 16 days of activism against gender based violence.

The first event is set to commence on November 25th in the UK and Ireland, on the United Nations International Day for the prevention of Gender-Based Violence, and culminates in East Africa on International Human Rights Day, December 10th.
The high-level panel chaired by Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason to the United Nations counts the UNFPA executive director UNFPA, Dr. Natalia Kanem, philanthropist Susan Gibbs of the Wallace Global Foundation, Anders Thomsen, the UNFPA representative to Somalia, the film’s director Mary McGuckian, composer Nitin Sawhney CBE and Ifrah Ahmed herself amongst its participants.

Winner of the Cinema for Peace Women’s Empowerment Award at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, this powerful and inspiring film is based on the true story of global gender-based violence activist, Ifrah Ahmed. The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins described the film as “a powerful story of courage, hope, and remarkable determination.”

Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006 for the United States, Ifrah is trafficked to Dublin, Ireland where she applies for asylum. A traumatic medical examination reveals the extent of her mutilation as a child. Traumatised by the memory, she channels the experience into a force for change and emerges as a formidable campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation at the highest political echelons in Ireland, Europe, and globally.

A Girl from Mogadishu is based on my story - but it is also the story of the 200 million women and girls worldwide who have suffered the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation,” said Ifrah Ahmed. “While the movie is intended to focus attention on the barbarity and scale of the practice, its ambition is also to empower all young women and girls to have the courage to stand up and speak out.”
Starring Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder) as Ifrah Ahmed and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) along with Orla Brady (Picard, Rose Plays Julie) and Somali icon, Maryam Mursal the film boasts an original score by Nitin Sawhney and its title track also features Quiet by Milck, the unofficial anthem of the 2017 USA Women’s March. Based on the recorded testimony of activist Ifrah Ahmed, it is written and directed by Mary McGuckian.

“When we celebrate female heroes in cinema, we not only amplify their voices, we empower audiences to be touched and emboldened by their courage,” said Mary McGuckian. “I’m delighted that the film will now be released so that more young women and girls can identify with courageous characters such as Ifrah.”

Also, recipient of the Mill Valley 42nd edition World Cinema Award in the US, A Girl from Mogadishu has picked up a host of audience and jury awards during its international film festival run and will be released physically and virtually in Ireland and the UK by Eclipse Pictures and Bohemia Media from December 4th.
The film’s soundtrack by award-winning composer, Nitin Sawhney CBE will be released by Filmtrax, (via Bob Frank Distribution) on November 25th. Score published by Atlantic Screen Music.
“It was a real pleasure to work on this film directed by the wonderful Mary McGuckian. Following the story of Ifrah played by Aja Naomi King was both harrowing and inspiring. Finding the musical vocabulary to help tell her story was a huge journey in itself,” said Nitin Sawhney.
The Global Virtual Screening Charity Premiere Screening and Panel Events are being held in aid of Ifrah Foundation, the entity set up by Ifrah Ahmed in 2010 to work on the elimination of FGM in Somalia. The Ifrah Foundation is a registered charity in Ireland and Somalia that works on the elimination of FGM in Somalia and beyond through sustained engagement with strategic partners, including governments, private foundations, and international governmental organisations including the UNFPA in the actions areas of advocacy, awareness, and community empowerment.
Global Screening Dates during the 16 days of activism are as follows:

UK/IRE - Wed Nov 25th 7pm – International Gender Based Violence Day 
EAST COAST US – Mon Nov 30th 7pm – 
WEST COAST US – Tues Dec 1st 7pm – ‘Giving Tuesday’  
EUROPE – Fri Dec 4th 7pm – UK/IRE release commences 
ASIA – Sun Dec 6th, 7pm 
WEST AFRICA – Sat Dec 5th 7pm –  
EAST AFRICA - Thurs Dec 10th 7pm – International Human Rights Day 

The film's release campaign coincides with the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence between International GBV Day November 25th to International Human Rights day December 10th 2020.

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