Music, Activism and Change

A couple of months ago, I was told about a movie called “Sarabah”, which has received several awards around the world. Well, I waited to share the documentary until now because I thought there was no better moment to write about it than just a few days after the International Women’s Day.

As seen in the trailer above, the movie is based on the history of Sister Fa, a hip-hop singer from Senegal. Her music and activism are focused on developing awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice that consists in removing a part of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO). FGM has changed the life of nearly 140 million girls and women in 28 countries, most of them in Africa, where genital mutilation can be considered a tradition.

Through projects like “Education Without Excision,” which uses music as a tool for change, Sister Fa tries to create a movement to avoid FGM. By sharing her own story, as a victim of FGM, she is able to powerfully represent the fight against this kind of female aggression.

Great part of information you need about the movie, Sister Fa, her music and her projects are found at the movie’s website Sarabah.