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Counterpoints Arts

Thursday 18 June 2020 - Saturday 20 June 2020

All Day




Institut Francais & RBKC Refugees Welcome Committee






Girl from Mogadishu x RBKC x French Institute


in English, Somali and Arabic with EN subs


2019 | 112 mins | dir. Mary McGuckian | Aja Naomi King, Barkhad Abdi, Martha Canga Antonio, Maryam Mursal

The film is available to watch for free for people based in the UK from 18 June for 48 hours. Places are limited, register to watch for free here.

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 Ifrah Ahmed. Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, she arrives not in Minnesota, USA, as she had been led to believe, but in Dublin, Ireland. A traumatic medical examination when seeking asylum reveals the extent of her mutilation and humiliation as a child. Traumatised by the memory, she channels the experience into a force for change and emerges as a formidable campaigner for better conditions for asylum seekers and against Female Genital Mutilation.

Ifrah now works to end FGM in Somalia through the Ifrah Foundation. You can find out more here.

The film will be accompanied by a panel discussion on 19 June at 7PM with director Mary McGuckian, Ifrah Ahmed (Ifrah Foundation), Alaa Kassim (Oxfam Irak), moderator Zrinka Bralo from Migrants Organise and hosted by Andrew Standen-Raz, RBKC Refugees Welcome Committee. Register here

Cine Lumiere is delighted to team up with RBKC Refugees Welcome Committee for the second year as part of Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity, and resilience of refugees. Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week brings about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome.