Kenyan FGM film wins international award

Kenyan Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) movie ‘The Cut’, developed by beneficiaries of the Amref Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre, has received an international film award.

The film follows a young boy trying to save his younger sister from female genital mutilation (FGM) and a forced early marriage with sub themes covering gender-based violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse and maternal health.

The Amref Health Africa in Kenya supported Dagoretti Film School partnered with a former beneficiary of the Amref Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre and award winning filmmaker, Peter Wangugi, to develop the 63 minute feature film. 

For the basis of the film, children from the Amref Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre used their own personal experiences and those from the community to write stories on the abuse of children’s rights.

Most of the scenes in the movie were drawn from real life events and the children at the Centre were presented with a chance to audition for different roles including as main characters, as well as supporting cast.

After scriptwriting, the youngsters helped develop the film, with many of them training in make-up and special effects, sound recording, scripting, production design including art on set, continuity, and as camera and sound assistants.

After being submitted to various film festivals, the film received nominations in Africa, North America and Europe, including the Zanzibar International Film Festival ZIFF 2018.

Last month, at the second edition of the Africa Diaspora Cinema Festival held in Florence, it received the Award for Best Feature. 

The Africa Diaspora Cinema Festival seeks to raise awareness about the potential of African Cinema and the socio-economic impact it has not only on African economies, but gradually expanding to other parts of the world’s economy. A total of 2,000 films were submitted to the Festival.

The Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre

Established in 2001, the Dagoretti Child Protection and Development Centre is a community-based, non-residential, safe, secure and caring environment that focuses on children in need of special care and protection particularly those living in street situations.

The Centre is committed to assisting children in street situations and their families to address and overcome the trauma of their experience and provide them with access to development opportunities.

Currently, 833 children are enrolled in the Centre’s programmes. Over 26,000 children have benefited from the Centre in the last 18 years.