Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fire Eyes

Fire Eyes is a Human Rights and Womens' Issues orientated Documentary Film.

Fire Eyes : Director: Soraya Mire' | Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 1994
This Documentary video from Mire, was one of the culture unplugged festival's winning entries.

Soraya Mire is a Screenwriter, Activist, Director, Actor, & Producer. She was born in Somalia, where she spent her early years before immigrating to Europe in 1979. She attended Domain Universitaire in Grenoble, France, obtaining bachelors degrees in Political Science and French Literature. After moving to the United States in July 1984 she began her film career, working in several production studios, while attending UCLA Film School. In 1993, she founded "Persistent Productions", a company specializing in social conscious films that highlight globally significant women's issues.

Synopsis: Fire Eyes is the voice of the wounded souls, communicating the anguish and the pain, of the harmful practice of Female Genital Mutilation/female circumcision in Africa, which has affected almost 80 million women in Africa, 135 million women around the world. The film maker had gone through this Rite of Passage when she was 13, and lived with the scar and trauma since then. This ancient custom is loosely based on concept of purity of family blood lines, but it primarily acts as a mechanism of patriarchal societies to control women's sexuality, life & freedom, driven by fear and ignorance. In parts of Africa, Middle East and Asia, this artificial/puritanical form of chastity is still prevalent where the communities follow this tradition and the girls & women live with feelings of oppression, violence & stigma.

The film presents parallels among various developed & undeveloped cultures across the globe, where women's livelihood & freedom is suppressed.Nominated for, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival,1994

Watch now; Fire Eyes


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