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Bristol Indymedia Presents Africa Rising

Mon 5 September 2011 // 20:00

(5th Sept / 8pm / £4/3 but nobody turned away for lack of funds)

This collaboration between Bristol Feminists Network and Bristol Indymedia film presents the powerful documentary Africa Rising. Everyday 6,000 girls are subjected to a practice called female genital mutilation FGM). And everyday with little more than fierce determination and deep love for their communities, brave activists are fighting against all odds to break the silence about this issue. Directed by Paul Heredia, Africa Rising paints an intimate portrait of courageous individuals, whose passion for justice is changing the course of history. The film explores the many victims of FGM; from the sisters who have fled their homes to avoid being cut, to Tato, an anti-FGM activist who was killed, and also shows the bravery and strength of Fanta who is finding her way in life after years of suffering due to her injuries. Africa Rising will leave the viewer cheering for those unlikely heroes who share their conviction that ending FGM is within our reach.

Naana Otoo-Oyortey MBE, Director of Forward and Efua Dorkenoo from Equality Now who helped to make the film will also be speaking and answering any questions.