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Principal photography Commences on 'A Girl from Mogadishu'
2018-02-26:20:00:00 :
Aja Naomi King in 'A Girl from Mogadishu'
The Pembridge Pictures and Umedia production ‘A Girl from Mogadishu’ has commenced principal photography in Dublin.

A true story based on the testimony of Ifrah Ahmed, who – having escaped war-torn Somalia – has emerged as one of the world’s foremost international activists against Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of Gender Based Violence. Filming will complete in March in Morocco.

A Girl from Mogadishu’ stars Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with MurderBirth of a Nation) as Ifrah, Martha Canga Antonio (Black) and Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner 2049, Eye of the StormCaptain Phillips) as well as Somali icon, Maryam Mursals.

Additional casting announcements include Orla Brady (The Price of Desire, Into the Badlands, Fringe), Stanley Townsend (Redwater, The Tunnel, The Hollow Crown), Pauline McLynn (Father Ted, Eastenders, Shameless) with presenter-journalist Pat Kenny and journalist-global end FGM activist Maggie O’Kane also featuring as themselves.

Producer, writer and director, Mary McGuckian (The Price of Desire): “A Girl from Mogadishu” celebrates the power of testimony. How, when women find the courage to stand-up, speak out and tell their truth, the impact can be more than inspiring and empowering, acting as a meaningful catalyst for change. Unifying global solidarity with the #MeTooFGM, Ifrah and the Global Media Campaign have positioned FGM/C awareness and international abandonment campaigns front and centre of the current female rights conversation as arguably the gender human rights issue of our times.

Born into a refugee camp in war-torn Somalia, Ifrah is trafficked to Ireland as a teenager. Recounting her traumatic childhood experiences of Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (FGM/C) when applying for refugee status, she is re-traumatized and vows to devote her life to the eradication of the practiceTaking her campaign all the way to the President of Ireland and finally to the European Parliament and United Nations.

 ‘A Girl from Mogadishu’ is a Pembridge (Ireland) and Umedia (Belgium) production, with production services provided by Dune Film Productions in Morocco. Post-production will take place at Windmill Studios, Dublin and Umedia VFX, Brussels.

Producer and Umedia CEO, Adrian Politowski (The Artist, Grace of Monaco) said: “The whole Umedia team is proud to be involved in this incredibly important story. There is no better time than now for this to be told.” 

Produced by Mary McGuckian and Adrian Politowski, Headgear & Metrol Technology present in association with Premier Picture and The Exchange, a co-production with U Media and Screen Brussels, produced in association with Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board. Executive Producer credits include Tom Harberd, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Headgear, Anastasia Garret, Jason Garret and David Rogers for Premier Picture, Peter Bevan, Nadia Khamlichi, Tatjana Kozar and Gilles Waterkeyn for Umedia, Lesley McKimm for the Irish Film Board, Brian O’Shea for The Exchange and Ifrah Foundation board members, Emma Beanland and Caroline Keeling. 

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