Gambia
Sankanu

(JollofNews) – Gambian filmmaker Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu Saturday presented his new movie “Bleeding Blade” at Gamcotrap Hall, in Kanifing.

A good number of fans including some dignitaries stormed the hall, which seemed to be far too small for the cinematographic event.

The Germany-based Gambian filmmaker has completed the production of the film in September which tells the story of a young a girl Sira Camara caught by the reality of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) after his fiancé made known his intention to marry her.

The family insisted that before they could accept the cola nuts, she must be circumcised. Drama, infighting ensued leading to the demise of two people including the circumciser. Ultimately, the community decided to turn their back to an obsolete tradition.

“We are here today to show solidarity to Sankanu who has taken the responsibility to protect girls from harmful traditional practices,” said Gamctrap acting executive director, Mary Small.

She reminded the gathering that the anti-FGM journey still continues despite the enactment of a law banning the practice in the country.

To many observers, the path taken by Filmmaker Sankanu opens a new front in the fight against FGM as it would help to fast-track approach to eradicating the harmful traditional practice.

“It is a very good start. It has covered the whole gamut of gender-based violence when looking at girl education, early marriage, stereotypes and all these discriminatory practices,” said Gambia Trade Minister,  Dr. Isatou Touray.

Dr. Touray, who is a leading voice in the fight against FGM in Africa, said this type of film is raising issues affecting the young generation.

She thanked Mr Sankanu for being consistent in FGM fight. “I am not surprised that he has done a great job in producing this film.”

FGM was outlawed in 2015 by Gambia government but there is still resistance by some communities.

Giving his perspective about the film, Sankanu said the people identify themselves in the movie.

“Basically, we are telling their stories. So, they identify themselves with the actors, the story line,” he said.

“The film is just telling their stories. They are excited when they see their stories being told in that way.”

Written by Abdoulie JOHN