Jaha's Promise


Century Larkspur 3 Mon, Oct 9, 2017 8:45 PM
Rafael 2 Thu, Oct 12, 2017 12:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Active Cinema
Section:Valley of the Docs
Country:The Gambia
Running Time:81 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Patrick Farrelly
Kate O'Callaghan
Producer:Patrick Farrelly
Kate O'Callaghan
Cinematographer:Kate McCullough
Editor:Sinead Kinnane
Note Writer:Jesse Knight


An ancient and inhumane ritual still being performed to this day affects over 200 million women and girls around the world, as over 30 countries continue to treat female genital mutilation as a rite of passage and religious tradition. Twenty-six-year-old Gambian activist Jaha Dukureh was one of many newborns subjected to such an unthinkable act. Now, she is among the leaders of the global crusade against the barbaric custom that nearly ended her life. In this powerful and inspiring documentary, filmmakers Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan follow Dukureh’s passionate fight to break the cycle of abuse and ban female genital mutilation across the globe, garnering support from world leaders and confronting her most fervent detractors, even those within her own family. Named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2016, Dukureh is a real-life superhero whose remarkable resilience and exhaustive efforts have already begun to change the world and ensure a safer future for women.

Additional Information

Patrick Farrelly and Kate O’Callaghan worked with Michael Moore in the 1990s, producing his award-winning satirical series TV Nation and The Awful Truth. Their 2005 HBO documentary, Left of the Dial, was an Emmy Award nominee. Nuala, a 2012 film they made about the Irish writer Nuala O’Faolain, won Best Irish Film at the Dublin Film Festival and a documentary audience award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Voices from the Grave, a film about the Northern Ireland Troubles, won The Irish Film and Television’s Best Documentary award in 2010. They live in New York.