In the Name of Your Daughter (2018)
Directed by Giselle Portenier, 84 minutes
Heartbreaking and heartwarming, In The Name Of Your Daughter is the inspiring and intimate verité story about some of the bravest girls in the world, children like feisty 12-year old Rosie Makori who ran away from her home in Northern Tanzania to save herself from female genital mutilation (FGM) and the child marriage her parents had planned for her.
Rhobi Samwelly confronts her community to protect the girls - Christians, Pagans and Muslims - at her Safe House. It’s a tough and dangerous job. FGM is illegal in Tanzania, but men believe that girls’ must be cut to reduce promiscuity, and mutilated girls command twice the bride price in cows as uncut girls.
In partnership with the Safe House, Mugumu police officer Sijali Nyambuche and her team start cracking down on FGM; they rescue girls at risk and arrest parents and cutters. As the year’s cutting season winds down, in heart-breaking reconciliation meetings, parents have to decide if they’ll spare their daughters, and young girls like Rosie must decide if they’ll be safe if they return home.
Set in the stunning landscape of East Africa’s Serengeti district, this is a story of courage and hope.