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Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter

Producer: Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater + Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Runtime: 56:46

Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter is the story of a young mother’s quest to keep her baby daughter healthy and whole. It is also the story of the African tradition of female genital cutting—which dates back thousands of years—and how it affects people’s lives in just two of the many places where the practice is being debated today. To stay in the U.S., Malian immigrant Mrs. Goundo must persuade an immigration judge that her two-year-old daughter Djenebou, born in the U.S., will most certainly suffer clitoral excision if Goundo is deported to Mali where up to 85% of women and girls are excised. The film also focuses on people from both sides of the argument in Mali: activists fighting to the end the practice and traditionalists who defend excisions.

Website: http://attiegoldwater.com/goundosdaughter/

Behind the Scenes

Mrs. Goundo's Daughter (Filmmaker Chat)

Mrs. Goundo's Daughter (Filmmaker Chat)

Attie & Goldwater Productions

Attie & Goldwater Productions

Filmmaker/Crew

Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater have worked collaboratively since 1990 making widely acclaimed documentaries that have been broadcast nationally and internationally. In 2005 the Philadelphia-based filmmakers were awarded the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Their most recent collaboration, Rosita (2005), is the story of a nine-year-old Nicaraguan girl who was raped and made pregnant, and her parents’ struggle with the medical establishment, the government and the church to end her pregnancy. Broadcast in Latin America on HBO /Cinemax as well as in Europe and Asia, Rosita was selected to screen at INPUT 2007 and has been shown at film festivals worldwide, including the Human Rights Watch Festival and Silverdocs. Attie and Goldwater’s 2002 ITVS production, Maggie Growls, a whimsical biography of Gray Panther founder Maggie Kuhn, was selected to be the premiere program on PBS’s documentary series Independent Lens. Other Attie and Goldwater documentaries broadcast nationally on PBS include Daring To Resist: Three Women Face The Holocaust (2000) and Landowska: Uncommon Visionary (1999).

Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

Filmmaker/Crew

Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, co-producer and editor, has been committed to documentary filmmaking as an editor and producer for over a decade. Her editing debut was on an Emmy-winning episode of WGBH’s Greater Boston Arts series. She is the co-producer and editor of Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a ground-breaking documentary about manhood and gender politics in mainstream Hip-Hop. The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on PBS’s Independent Lens.

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