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31 October 2019

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 2019: In Search by Beryl Magoko (Kenya)

Ndiva Women’s Film Festival 

In Search (2018)
Beryl Magoko

A courageous and determined young woman talks about her experiences going through Female Genital Mutilation and the need to undergo reconstructive surgery on her genitals. Beryl is trying to find out whether she should undergo this surgery, a journey into the unknown for a second time. (90 min.) 

At 10, director Beryl Magoko suffered female genital mutilation (FGM). She now knows reconstructive surgery is a possibility, but she’s not sure whether it will help her feel better. Talking to other victims and reviewing her past, she will try to understand what happened.
Recalling her childhood in a rural village in Kenya, as a little girl Beryl Magoko thought it was a simple rite of passage to adult life and acceptance within her community, but no one warned her of the physical and emotional pain, nor the humiliation that this would entail in the future. In Search explores the director’s own emotional dilemmas and those of other women who have gone through the same experience. Source:

Beryl Magoko was born and raised in Komotobo (Kuria - Kenya). After studying Graphic Design at Mombasa Polytechnic she went to Uganda at Kampala University, initially in mass communication, then Film-TV-Video- Production. During this time she worked on different films as sound recordist and camera woman. Encourage by her professor Andreas Frowein she choose a very difficult topic for her diploma film: FGM.

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