Irish Film London
A Girl from Mogadishu stars Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder, Birth of a Nation) as Ifrah, Martha Cango Antonio (Black) and Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner, Captain Phillips) as well as Somali icon, Maryam Mursal with an original score by Nitin Sawhney and featuring Quiet by Milck.
Based on the testimony of global FGM activist Ifrah Ahmed, the film is written and directed by Mary McGuckian. Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, Ifrah Ahmed is trafficked to Ireland where a traumatic medical examination when seeking asylum 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.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Mary McGuckian, and special guests, hosted by internationally renowned social activist and founder of Dahlia project, Leyla Hussein OBE.