Fire Eyes

Director: Soraya Mire
Country: Somalia and USA
Year: 1993
Running Time: 60 min
Language: Somali with English voice-over

This powerful film is the first to present an African viewpoint on a culturally explosive issue. Somali filmmaker, Soraya Mire knows firsthand about the traditional African practice of female genital mutilation. At thirteen, she was subjected to it and spent the next twenty years recovering physically and emotionally from its cruel legacy. In this video, several women who have been subjected to this “rite of passage” voice varying points of view on perpetuating the practice. Testimony from doctors details the various forms of female circumcision and the horrendous ob/gyn problems that result.