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46th San Francisco International Film Festival at PFA

Sunday, April 20, 2003
4:00 a.m. THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET
Kim Longinotto U.K., 2002

In the Somali community of Nairobi, Kenya, female genital mutilation is still a common practice. A new husband puts his fear of being shamed by his friends before his wife's well-being. Middle-class mothers rationalize their own suffering, which they have passed on to their daughters. Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian Style, Gaea Girls) takes a many-faceted look at the complex social and cultural forces that continue to thwart effective reform. Ultimately, hope is found in a group of young girls who successfully petition the court for a restraining order against their parents.

—Jennine Lanouette

• Written, Photographed by Longinotto. (92 mins)