From the Horn of Africa to the Western shores of the sub-Saharan nations, everyday 6,000 girls are subjected to a practice called female genital mutilation or FGM. And everyday with little more than fierce determination and deep love for their communities, brave activists are leading the path against all odds to break the silence about this centuries-old tradition. Together, these women and men have created a formidable grassroots movement to end FGM. Africa Rising is an extraordinary film presenting an insightful look at the frontlines of a quiet revolution taking the African continent by storm. Masterfully directed by Paula Heredia, Africa Rising paints an intimate portrait of courageous individuals with dignity and strength, whose passion for justice is changing the course of history. The film celebrates girls like Beatrice and Edna Kandie, sisters who fled their home after learning their father was planning to cut them, and succeeded in getting a court order of protection against him; the film also features the moving story of Fanta Camara from Mali, who despite years of suffering from injuries as a result of FGM, blossoms into a bright young woman. Other girls, however, have faced ultimate tragedy, such as Tato a teenaged anti-FGM activist who lost her life to FGM. 

Covering rural stories from across the continent, Africa Rising will leave the viewer cheering for these unlikely heroes who share their conviction that ending female genital mutilation is within our reach and visible on the horizon.


Africa Rising

Desde el Cuerno de África hasta las costas occidentales de las naciones subsaharianas, cada día 6,000 niñas son sometidas a una práctica conocida como la mutilación genital femenina ó MGF. Y cada día, con poco más que la férrea determinación y el profundo amor por sus comunidades, valiente activistas abren el camino contra viento y marea para romper el silencio acerca de esta tradición secular.

Juntos estos hombres y mujeres han creado un movimiento de base formidable para poner fin a la MGF. El despertar de África es una película extraordinaria que ofrece una mirada penetrante de la primera línea de una revolución silenciosa que va triunfando en el continente africano.

A través de viajes a aldeas remotas en Burkina Faso, Kenia, Malí, Somalia y Tanzania,
El despertar de África dejará al espectador animando a estos héroes anónimos que comparten su convicción de que la erradicación de la mutilación genital femenina está a nuestro alcance.