Could This Be the End of Female Circumcision?

The United Nations estimates that three million girls are at risk of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) every year and recognizes the outdated practice as a human rights violation. The complications that result from FGM have prompted some communities to adopt alternative rite-of-passage ceremonies. Filmmaker Rebecca Sell focuses on one Maasai community as they collectively make the choice to abandon the cut in this impactful documentary.

Learn more about the school behind this alternative rite of passage.

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