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The Day I Will Never Forget
A film by Kim Longinotto
England, 2002, 92 minutes, Color, 35mm/DVD
Order No. W03808
THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET is a gripping feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto that examines the practice of female genital mutilation in Kenya and the pioneering African women who are bravely reversing the tradition. In this epic work, women speak candidly about the practice and explain its cultural significance within Kenyan society. From gripping testimonials by young women who share the painful aftermath of their trauma to interviews with elderly matriarchs who stubbornly stand behind the practice, Longinotto paints a complex portrait of the current polemics and conflicts that have allowed this procedure to exist well into modern times.

Demystifying the African tradition of female circumcision, Longinotto presents Nurse Fardhosa, a woman who is single-handedly reversing the ritual of female circumcision one village at a time by educating communities about its lasting emotional and physical scars. Also profiled are an inspiring group of runaway girls who are seeking a court injunction to stop their parents from forcing them to go through with the practice. Through their words the full implications of breaking with tradition are made clear, as is the incredible courage of the women and girls who risk social ostracism by taking a stand against the practice.


IDFA, International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam - Amnesty International DOEN Award
Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival - Best Documentary UK Spotlight
Barcelona Human Rights International Film Festival - Special Mention
Hong Kong International Film Festival - Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Documentary
Valladolid International Film Festival - Time of History Jury Awards Second Prize
Britspotting, British Independent Film Festival, Berlin - Best Documentary
Festival International de Films de Femmes de Creteil, Best Documentary
Viewpoint Documentary Film Festival, Best Film
Dakar Film Festival, Senegal, Best Documentary
WIN Award for Best Documentary Film
Tursak Film Festival, Istanbul, Best International Documentary
Torino Women's Film Festival, Best Documentary, 2nd Prize

  • Sundance Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Sheffield International Film Festival
  • Adelaide International Film Festival
  • Jeon Ju International Film Festival
  • London Film Festival
  • Sithengi Film Festival, Cape Town
  • New Directors New Films

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    "Longinotto demystifies the practice of female genital mutilation through engrossing stories of Kenyan women...Gripping, devastating, but ultimately hopeful."
    Sheffield International FF

    "...immensely powerful... Longinotto makes intimate connections to most of her subjects."
    Jumana Farouky

    “…Intimate and powerful…With great sensitivity [Longinotto] delivers the delicate substance of the custom…”
    Diane Weyermann
    Sundance Film Festival

    "Longinotto is known for her insightful, compassionate studies of women's lives, and the pull between tradition and change. In this new film, she achieves a difficult task, namely to make the complexity of the issues comprehensible, even when the practice itself may seem just the reverse."
    London Film Festival

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