DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

In Search …


In Search …




CATALOGUE TEXT
As a child in Kenya, the filmmaker Beryl Magoko was subjected to a life-threatening ritual which many girls undergo even today. At the time, “female circumcision” – a friendly, barely adequate term for the genital mutilation she endured with horrible pain – seemed to her like something that was an integral part of growing up. Today she knows that it doesn’t have to be that way. Knowledge alone doesn’t help her, so she meets other victims who, like her, waver between anger and shame and still suffer from the procedure decades later.

With her personal and highly political film, Beryl Magoko sets out on a journey that leads her both into the past and the future. Strikingly frank, but without anger, she confronts her own family with questions and reproaches. At the same time she is facing the decision whether to undergo reconstructive surgery and begin a new chapter in her life.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Awarded with the Film Prize Leipziger Ring


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Credits
Original Title: In Search …
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: English, German, Kikuria, Swahili
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Beryl Magoko
Producer: Beryl Magoko
Cinematographer: Jule Katinka Cramer
Editor: Fani Schoinopoulou
Sound: Malin Schmid, Johannes von Barsewisch
Script: Beryl Magoko
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The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.