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Think Again: The Film

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Published on Mar 3, 2010

"Think Again" is a thought-provoking film that follows a 12-year-old's struggle between family honour and the facts about FGM. On discovering that her mom wants to take her back home to be 'cut' she explores the implications FGM has on her life and the misconceptions that explain why the practice persists in the 21st century.

"Think Again" depicts the cultural context in which FGM is practiced and the inter-generational conflict of holding down tradition in a new and foreign environment. The physical and psychological impact of FGM is ongoing, life-long and remains taboo to discuss even between mother and daughter. "Think Again" addresses a complex issue with sensitivity and creativity, breaking the silence and inspiring change.

The Young People Speak Out project is led by FORWARD to engage young people from FGM-practicing communities to educate and empower their peers and their community to abandon the practice of FGM. The storyline for the film is based on real-life experiences of women and young people in the UK who have undergone FGM.

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FORWARD is an African diaspora-led campaign and support charity, established in 1985. FORWARD works to advance and safeguard the sexual and reproductive health and rights of African women and girls, particularly those affected by female genital mutilation (FGM).

FGM involves the partial or total removal of female genitalia for non-medical reasons (source: WHO). It is a cultural practice which, to date, has affected 140 million women and girls globally. In the UK an estimated 24,000 girls are at high risk of FGM (FORWARD prevalence study 2007) yet there still remains little awareness of the issue, particularly amongst young people.

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