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SARABAH | documentary


Directors, Maria Luisa Gambale & Gloria Bremer

Producers: Steven Lawrence andMaria Luisa Gambale, 

Editor, Gloria Bremer

Executive Producer, Steven Lawrence

Associate Producer, Michal Shapiro



Movies That Matter, Golden Butterfly, 2011

Montreal Black International Film Festival,     Best Mid-Length Documentary, 2012

• Cine Golden Eagle, Feature Documentary,     2012



Documentary. Link TV.


"Sarabah" is a documentary about Senegalese rapper Sister Fa, a childhood victim of female genital cutting, and her grassroots campaign to end the practice in her homeland. Initially planned as a short for a series Steven Lawrence was producing for Link TV about groundbreaking artists in the Muslim world, Steven and his team (Maria Luisa Gambale and Michal Shapiro) decided to make it a one-hour film when they learned Sister Fa was going back to her home village to convince the elders to abandon FGC. To supplement initial funding from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Steven brought in a grant from Wallace Global Fund and support from private donors.


Sarabah premiered at the 2011 Movies That Matters festival, where it won the Golden Butterfly award for best doc about a human rights defender. Subsequently it's screened at over 30 festivals around the world, received widespread educational distribution in the US and been broadcast on French and Swedish networks. It's available in North America through Women Make Movies and in the rest of the world through Java Films.


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