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Koromousso, Big Sister

1h 15m Documentary 2023

US Digital Premiere

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Audio Described version of this film is available here: Audio Described Version: Koromousso, Big Sister

Closed Captioning available in English You can select this option by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player to turn on captions.

With candor, humor, and courage, a group of African-Canadian women challenge cultural taboos surrounding female sexuality and fight to take back ownership of their bodies. Working with co-director Jim Donovan, and combining her own journey with personal accounts from some of her friends, co-director and activist Habibata Ouarme explores the life-long effects of female genital mutilation and the road to both her own individual healing, and collective healing. These women begin a journey of personal discovery, with discussions on the importance of female pleasure and the complexity of the female anatomy, while working to shed long-held feelings of shame and loneliness. While finding strength and joy in their own frank and intimate conversations together, Habibata and her friends continue to advocate for wider access to restorative surgery and community conversations in Canada and worldwide.

“This film brings more than an education on a harmful traditional practice that’s still practiced in parts of West Africa – it captures the stories of solidarity among these irrepressible, strong African women.” - Mausi Segun, Executive Director, Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Content Advisory - This film contains descriptive conversations around experiences of female genital mutilation.

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Habibata Ouarme


Jim Donovan


Denis McCready


Christine Aubé


French, English

Closed Captions [CC]


Bonus Content

Directors Habibata Ouarme and Jim Donovan: Introduction