Koromousso, Big Sister
US Digital Premiere
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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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