On Saturday 11th November the first Moving Cinema against FGM event took place at the St Joseph Ntimaru special School for the Deaf (Kuria/Kenya) in collaboration with Zinduka Kenya. Although the event had been planned several weeks in advance, it was completely unclear how many people would turn up. We were all the more delighted that so many people turned up early in the morning that it soon became clear that a second screening would have to be held in the afternoon.
A total of 159 people came not only from Ntimaru but also from the surrounding area. They travelled by matatu (minibus) or boda-boda (motorcycle taxi) from smaller villages up to 20 kilometers away. More than 30% were men.
Only one viewer had ever seen a different film about FGM before. Although the topic was familiar to all, it opened up new perspectives for many, as Beryl Magoko summarised in her live-report from Ntimaru.
If they knew…
It has been a good start. We are more than confident that our work can make a very important contribution to ending FGM.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a report and photos from today’s event.