In "Possessing the Secret of Joy" Alice Walker brought the issue of female genital mutilation, a practice that affects 100 million women, to the attention of the world. Simultaneously, she was working on a TV documentary with British film maker Pratibha Parmar, to further expose the horrors of the process. This book is the story of the making of ...
In "Possessing the Secret of Joy" Alice Walker brought the issue of female genital mutilation, a practice that affects 100 million women, to the attention of the world. Simultaneously, she was working on a TV documentary with British film maker Pratibha Parmar, to further expose the horrors of the process. This book is the story of the making of that film, a journey from California to England and Africa, and a journey of self-discovery.
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-10-25 Female genital mutilation is still widely practiced in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Walker, whose 1992 novel Possessing the Secret of Joy explored the life of a genitally mutilated African woman, teamed up with Indian filmmaker Parmar (who was born in Kenya and is based in London) to make a documentary film about this abhorrent practice. This forceful account of how they filmed Warrior Marks in Africa in 1992-93 splices letters, journal entries, photographs, poems and interviews with victims of ``female circumcision,'' their families, women who perform clitoridectomies and activists opposed to the practice. Included is medical testimony suggesting that female genital mutilation may contribute to the spead of AIDS. This remarkable cross-cultural collaboration should help to break the deafening silence surrounding a taboo subject. (Nov.)
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