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Everyday infants, girls and women around the East Africa are victims of one of the worst form of abuse; FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION. It is often kept a secret and thousands have lost lives or have had permanent health complications. Women feel ashamed or afraid to talk about this inhuman treatment that they are subjected to while other members of their communities promote it claiming it initiates girls to womanhood. We want to inspire millions of people around East Africa and the world to take action and end Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of violence against women and girls with my film CHASING THE CUT. The film trailer will be released on April 26 and the the film will premiere on August 1, 2014.
CHASING THE CUT – THE FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION FILM
The goal of the ‘Chasing the Cut’ is to expose the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation, give viewers an opportunity to understand real causes of the practice in East Africa and inspire communities to end Female Genital Mutilation. The documentary film will give viewers an opportunity to meet girls and women who have been forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation and know their stories. Viewers will also have an opportunity to meet girls and women who have health complications after being forced to undergo Female Genital Mutilation, those that are risk of being forced in this cruel ordeal and also meet families that have lost loved ones because of Female Genital Mutilation. We hope that exposing the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation will help generate worldwide efforts to end it in East Africa and in other countries where it is still practiced.
We are excited about working on this unique film to expose the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation and inspire change to end this cruel and life-threatening ordeal that women and girls are forced to go through. By exposing the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation and assessing our community needs, we can then shape our own plans to completely stop Female Genital Mutilation. "Chasing the Cut' will not only help end Female Genital Mutilation but will also remind us of our duty to end all other forms of violence against girls and women.
film is called CHASING THE CUT, to represent the the cruel and painful process girls go through having parts of the body CUT off.
Our crew of 1 Director and producer, 1 Co-produer, 3 interpreters and 1 volunteer and we will film for 30 days in two East African Countries (Kenya and Uganda) starting April 15, 2014.
ABOUT FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
Genital Mutilation (FGM) is recognized internationally as a violation of the
human rights of girls and women and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. FGM, which is often carried out with unsterilized
instruments, can cause severe health and psychological problems. In some cases,
girls bleed to death or die from infections. Later in life, FGM can lead to
complications in childbirth and increase the risk of the mother and/or baby
dying. The practice also violates a women's
rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from
torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when
the procedure results in death.
It’s our duty to protect and observe women rights, end the social, cultural and political causes of Female Genital Mutilation and above of all, demand for action from governments. As you are read this, there are between 8 and 10 million women and girls in the Middle East and in Africa who are at risk of undergoing one form or another of genital cutting and more than 125 million girls and women have been subjected to the ordeal.We am calling out to the Indiegogo Community - both women AND men - to invest in ending Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of Violence Against Women.
Please make a gift today and help end Female Genital Mutilation in East Africa. Funds raised through the Indiegogo Campaign will support filming, production of a CHASING THE CUT - a film to STOP Female Genital Mutilation. Please donate to our campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation and let us #InspireChange together. Every Dollar Helps, please donate any amount!
Girls between eight and fourteen years of age are cut – by elderly women often using unsterilized razor blades or knives – to initiate them into womanhood and subsequent early marriages.
The girls go through harrowing experiences that include extensive bleeding, paralyzed legs and scars from the open injuries. They also risk contracting HIV/AIDS.
There are hundreds of girls in need of corrective surgery in Eastern Uganda after undergoing FGM . (Source)
In CHASING THE CUT documentary, you will take a journey across northeastern Uganda, northwestern Kenya, western Kenya and central Kenya with us talking and holding personal discussions with girls and women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation or at risk of being forced to undergo this painful ordeal. Our team will follow these girls and women's lives for 30 days which will give you personal connection with girls and women you have helped escape being forced to undergo FGM. From the slopes of Mt. Elgon, to the shores Lake Victoria to the slopes to Mt. Kenya and back to Uganda. At each destination, through film, we will present you a life perspective that will bring you in to see real life stories of there girls and women. These women and girls will inspire you. Filming of the documentary is will start on April 15, 2014 through to May 15, 2014.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
read through the list of perks on the left and find the one which
most appeals to you. By donating at this stage you will help ensure that
the film to end Female Genital Mutilation will be produced on time and within budget. Every Dollar helps.
or not your are in a position to contribute at the this stage there are a
number of other things we request you to do. If you use social media please send
out links to this page so that your internet friends and followers can learn
about what we are doing and have their own chance to contribute.
Your generous support will go toward covering ground
travel, lodging, food during travel throughout East Africa. We already have video equipment so we
don’t need buy another camcorder. $3790 goal is the bare minimum needed to cover these
costs for 6 members of our filming crew to travel, eat, have clean drinking water and have safe accommodation for one month. We don’t have this amount to
produce a film for such an important global cause, that’s why we are turning to
this platform to raise at
least $3790 to help finish this project.
Here's where the money goes
- Buying a Fancier WF-718 PRO Video Camera Tripod with Fluid Head
- Travel in two East Africa Countries , Uganda and Kenya spending 15 days in each country. Some places don’t have roads at all so our team will hire motorcycles and sometimes a car to travel to remote sites to film.
- Meals and
- Protective clothing
- Solar torch
- Additional batteries for the Canon AVCHD camcorder
- Portable internet modem.We want to keep you updated and share with you each step. We will need a portable internet modem to frequently post pictures, articles and short videos.
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE WHEN YOU CONTRIBUTE
A Thank you in a Video to you! - $15
You donate $15, our director will say a loving, emotional thank you in a VIDEO. He will say your first and last name. This is my way of showing you we appreciate you, love you and thank you. He will say every single person, company or organization that donates. If 10,000 people donate, he will thank 10,000 people personally in the video. In addition you'll receive a DVD . You will also receive a " Thanks" credit in the film.
Button Badge - $30
A button badge that you can attach to your lapel to show support for victims of Female Genital Mutilation. You will also get a 'Thank You' credit in the film. We have only 150 badges now, please select this perk and claim yours today
Please claim your badge today by choosing this featured perk. It has a "featured perk" label on top of the perks list.
A Handwoven Purse from Uganda - $80
A handwoven purse made by women Kapchorwa, Eastern Uganda who work with children and women in FGM practicing communities and other disadvantaged groups. Please include $20 for shipping
Handwoven Basket from Kenya - $120
A handwoven straw and cloth basket made by survivors of FGM from Central Kenya, East Africa.
A signed T-shirt - $150
You'll be noticed with your exclusive I HELPED END FGM IN EAST AFRICA t-shirt! We will send you another unique t-shirt for family member. You will also receive a " Thanks" credit in the film. Please include $20 for shipping.
Traditional African Clothing - $200
"African clothing" is internationally known because is its uniqueness, originality and great designs influenced by the people's daily activities, food, climate and traditions. Traditional African cottons are made from natural organic fibers and are highly durable and often very colorful, comfortable and quite unique.
We will send you a unique traditional Africa clothing from the communities that we will visit while filming. This is a great opportunity to have this wonderful clothing.
You're the Co-Producer! - $1000
CO-PRODUCER CREDIT on the film. Your logo prominently featured in the credits as a film sponsor and we will work with you to put your logo or brand in the show (where appropriate). You will also receive a unique African art craft for your living room) Please don't worry about shipping costs.
Back FrontA sample of T-shirts I will send with you and your friend / family member. Please choose this Perk and tell me your favorite color.
For a full list of other wonderful perks, please check the right side of the page. We are sure you will love them!
IF WE ARE FORTUNATE TO EXCEED OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL
- With extra funds we will be able to arrange follow-up trips in June and September 2014 to the communities where we will film and work with women groups to raise more awareness on ending Female Genital Mutilation. Raising awareness is important in training a local activists who will also train their communities. We will work with local nonprofits, local leaders and medical service providers who have treated women with Female Genital Mutilation related complications.
extra funds, we will mobilize hundreds of other activists from East Africa to
join The Walk to Arusha to deliver a petition to the East African Legislative
Assembly in Arusha Tanzania to demand firm action against Female Genital Mutilation.
- With Extra funds we will also organize the film's premiere on August 1, 2014 in Uganda and also organize public screening in areas where will have filmed.
THE IMPACT OF THE DOCUMENTARY
We are all passionate about human rights and we are determined to end Female Genital Mutilation. We hope our film will inspire you and millions of people worldwide to take bold steps to end Female Genital Mutilation and help women and girls live healthier lives.
- If we able to raise extra funds, we will start public screening of the video in Uganda and Kenya. We will offer free screening to raise awareness among local leaders, communities and decision makers so that they can join us in our efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation.- Healthier lives, happy girls. When you donate to our campaign, you are inspiring change and helping end Female Genital Mutilation in East Africa and helping girls and women live healthier lives.
Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa - Director and Producer
Michael is a human
rights activist and founder of two nonprofits working in Uganda; ICOD Action
Network (www.icodactionnetwork.org) and Center for Human Rights and
Policy Studies (www.chupost.org). He is also the Global Minorities Alliance Ambassador in Uganda.
Michael has been
following FGM in East Africa for quit sometime and has met girls and women
who have been forced to undergo FGM. Meeting these girls and women has continuously
inspired him to work to end Female Genital Mutilation. In 2012, he started on online
petition on Gopetition.com to
demand firm action against FGM by the East African Community member States. He has so far collected 960 signatures.
Michael is also consultant with one of Uganda's fastest growing consultancy companies working
on a Girl Child Education Program in South Sudan and has previously represented Lawyers Collective as a Uganda research partner in charge of identifying,
summarizing and translating of court cases that impact the right to health in
Speaking at the Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, Evanston Illinois
Michael has made over 12 videos for his organizations and partners since 2010. His
latest short video called 'Celebrate Water' can be watch online
Damalie Muwonge - Co-producer
Damalie is a Ugandan activist, has previously worked on promoting girls
in Information Technology and has worked in media and Information
Technology for over 4 years. We are all proud of her!
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
You are super important in each way you choose to help. Here's what you can do
- Donate to our
campaign and refer it to your friends and encourage them to donate.
- Get the word out
and make some noise about our Female Genital Mutilation
- Use the Indiegogo share tools to share with your friends!
- Please sign a petition to the East African Parliament demanding for firm action against Female Genital Mutilation through this link http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/demand-action-againt-female-genital-mutilation.html
- Share on face book
- Share on twitter, spread the word and get the conversation going.
donate to this important cause and let's end Female Genital Mutilation in East Africa.
Let's do this thing together!