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Razor blade's cruel confirmation

When two of the women in My Mother's Name show how they perform a circumcision by cutting into a napkin, it is incomprehensible to assume that this is actually performed on millions of women's bodies. 


With the documentary In my mother's name from 2014, director Hilde Merete Haug focuses on female circumcision – one of the most serious systematic human rights violations. The film portrays three women who all come from Somalia, where as many as 98 percent of women are still circumcised annually. At the beginning of the documentary, the differences between men and women are clearly visible: First we get to see women covered, before the camera moves over to a bunch of men sitting in the shade, wearing trousers and t-shirts.

In my mother's name is the debut film of Haug, who is a trained sociologist and director. We meet the 15 year old girl Farhia, first in the classroom and together with schoolmates in Norway. Eventually we follow her on a trip to Somalia, where she has not been since she was a small child. Farhia's mother has fought against circumcision, and now her daughter wants to continue this fight – and she therefore wants to understand how and why it is practiced, and then be able to record the fight in an informed manner.

In the film, we also meet 28-year-old Norwegian-Somali Sadia and her niece,. . .

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