A Girl from Mogadishu



Rafael 2 Tue, Oct 8, 2019 5:30 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Wed, Oct 9, 2019 5:45 PM
Film Info
Category:Mairead McIvor
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:112 min.
Director:Mary McGuckian
Producer:Mary McGuckian
Adrian Politowski
Screenwriter:Mary McGuckian
Cinematographer:Michael Lavelle
Editor:Sylvie Landra
Cast:Aja Naomi King
Martha Cango Antonio
Barkhad Abdi
Orla Brady
Stanley Townsend
Paulin McLynn
Maryam Mursals
Print Source:The Film Collaborative
Note Writer:Nadia Ismail


Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder) stars in this inspiring story of Ifrah Ahmed, a Somalian refugee who rises to prominence as an award-winning international activist against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Upon arriving in Ireland, Ahmed first struggles to learn a new language and culture while honoring the life and country she left behind. Once she finds her voice in Ireland and learns more about the mutilation that occurred to her body, Ahmad is unleashed as a force for female empowerment and halting the practice of FGM worldwide. As Ahmad says in a line that director Mary McGuckian states is a nod to Maya Angelou, “Silence may be the rust on the razor with which they threatened to cut my throat, but it was not my tongue they cut.” King breathes life into Ahmed's testimony with a powerful performance that balances humanity with vulnerability and demonstrates the impact of refugee stories on film.

EXPECTED GUEST: Director Mary McGuckian

Thank you to our Community Partners Irish Culture Bay Area, the San Francisco Irish Film Festival, and Tahirih Justice Center!

Sponsored by:

Honoring Daraja Academy Educating Kenyan Girls of Need

Additional Information

Mary McGuckian has worked as an actor and playwright, as well as film director, screenwriter, and producer. She made her feature debut in 1994 with Words Upon the Window Pane. Her films include Best (2002), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004), The Making of Plus One (2010), Man on the Train (2011), and The Price of Desire (2015).