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7 African Movies That Highlight the Dangers of Gender-Based Violence

Film can be a very powerful medium of influence bringing new perspectives to light and showcasing the need for change. In honor of the campaign ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,’ Global Citizen has compiled a list of 7 thought-provoking African films that confront this societal crisis. Dry is a 2014 Nigerian drama directed by Stephanie Okereke-Linus and based on true life accounts, focusing on the impacts of child marriage. The film October 1 by the Nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan is an exceptional work of cinematographic expertise and creativity. According to the movie’s director, Mary McGuckian, A Girl from Mogadishu is the story of how real-life social activist Ifrah Ahmed “came to understand, develop, and employ the most potent of campaign tools — her own true story — and use it to empowering and extraordinary effect.” Produced in Liberia, Another War examines the critical issues around sexual gender-based violence. Our Voices Matter, a 2012 film co-produced by the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice and advocating against GBV, features women and girls from North Kivu, South Kivu, and Province Orientale who have experienced sexual violence and come forward to tell their stories.