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Published on Jul 18, 2009
Mrs. Goundo's Daughter A film by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater
U.S./Mali, 2009, 60 minutes, Color, DVD, Bambara, French, English subtitles
Mrs. Goundo is fighting to remain in the United States. But it’s not just because of the ethnic conflict and drought that has plagued her native Mali. Threatened with deportation, her two-year-old daughter could be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), like 85 percent of women and girls in Mali. Using rarely cited grounds for political asylum, Goundo must convince an immigration judge that her daughter is in danger.