A Girl From Mogadishu is a true story based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, an Irish-Somali activist. In this female empowerment film, Ahmed, played by Aja Naomi King, escapes war-torn Somalia as a teenager. With the help of a human trafficker (Barkhad Abdi) she finds refuge in Ireland where she devotes her life to stopping the practice of female genital mutilation.
The film is a Pembridge (Ireland) and Umedia (Belgium) production, with services from Dune Film Productions in Morocco. Filming took place in Belgium, Ireland, and Morocco.
Director and writer Mary McGuckian explains a little about the film. “There were two robust cameramen in tears for two days. It’s an unbelievable story that speaks to everything from war, the treatment of women in war, sexual assault in conflict, refugee status, asylum-seeking, FGM and gender-based violence. Ifrah’s character is especially extraordinary. She’s an incredibly charismatic and compelling person. The first rule of drama — particularly when it’s a single character narrative — is that the character should be empathic and compelling.”
A Girl From Mogadishu was the winner of the Cinema for Peace Women’s Empowerment Award at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. It was also the recipient of the Mill Valley 42nd edition World Cinema Award in the US, and picked up a host of audience and jury awards during its international festival run.
The film premieres today, the 21st of July, in America on Showtime.
Louie Fecou reviews films, tv shows and comics for Ready Steady Cut, HC Movie Reviews and We Have A Hulk. He currently runs his own business in between watching films.