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Films and other Ressources

The BBC-Documentary: “Dopping the Knife – The Fight against Female Genital Mutilation in Kurdistan” tells the story of the Stop FGM campaign in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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The Documentary “A Handful of Ash
“…and then they put ash there”, tell the women in this documentary on female genital mutilation in Kurdish northern Iraq. The movie evolved from the work of the relief organization WADI, which combats female genital mutilation in northern Iraq. To raise awareness in European publics to the problem of FGM in Iraqi-Kurdistan, filmmaker Nabaz Ahmad created a documentary, in which Kurdish women vividly describe their experiences. The movie approaches the subject respectfully and carefully, with expressive pictures of a simple life in remote landscape. The sensitive and carefully observing camera work enables to look at the suffering, which emerges without sensational and bloody scenes. The movie was shown in various film festivals.

Nabaz Ahmad works since 1998 as a screenplay writer, assistant director and director for Kurdish film productions and TV stations. In 2001 he made his first short movie. “Handful of Ash” is his first documentary.

The movie can be purchased on DVD (for EUR 25) for private use. For public events and presentations, the movie is available in different cinema formats. We are happy to offer speakers and information materials. Please contact us for prices and conditions.

“Handful of Ash” on DVD
Order here the DVD “Handful of Ash” (EUR 25), screening is permitted for private purposes.
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Leaflet on FGM in the Middle East/ West Asia (for Download)

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Dunia – Kiss me not on the eyes by Jocelyne Saab (2005)

The film, by Lebanese director Jocelyne Saab, follows the story of an aspiring dancer in contemporary Cairo who falls for a poetry professor 20 years her senior, and struggles to overcome the trauma of having undergone “Khitan” — female genital mutilation (FGM)  — as a child. (The DVD can be purchased e.g. at trigon-film)

Scene from Dunia:


FGM – The Cut by Nada Al Alouni, Jachie Antoun, Ashu Bhadada

films gives a good overview with many facts