This documentary [view below] is about FGM (female genital mutilation) and if you listen to Alice talk about the myths of FGM in Africa - they sound very familiar to the way we talk about MGM (male genital mutilation) in the United States.
Details from The Cut:
The Cut is a short documentary about Mary (14 years old) and Alice (early 20s) from Kenya. Both are impacted by the traditional rite of passage into womanhood: genital cutting.
Mary and her community are preparing for her ceremonial cutting.
Alice is studying to be a social worker to work against female genital mutilation. As the first in her community to refuse the practice, she has paid a high price for her choice to break with tradition.
Alice tells of the different myths she encounters in the community around her, as to why circumcision is practiced. Mary, on the other hand, has no voice. She just goes through the preparations and rituals in silence.
Director: Linda May Kallestein
Photographer: Justo N. Casal
Editor: Trine Nordmark Børstad
Producer: PhantomfilmBroadcast on CNN: October 2009
Nominated as Best Documentary at WTOs International Film Festival 2009
Shown at various film festivals around the world.
Note: The prepuce organ is homologous and analogous in women ('clitoral hood') and men ('foreskin'). The surgical amputation of this organ through genital cutting ('circumcision') has detrimental consequences for both girls and boys, women and men.