Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women

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Describes a unique film making journey, from Alice Walker's first letter to Pratibha Parmar proposing the idea of the film, to the many journal entries & observations each of them made along the way. From California to England to Senegal, The Gambia, & Burkina Faso, Warrior Marks follows Walker & Parmar as they interview people who are concerned with & affected by the practice of female genital mutilation. Includes transcripts of their interviews, 3 new poems by Alice Walker, & over 50 photos offering a vivid & poignant portrayal of the people & places they visited. The adventure of two remarkable women who together fulfilled a dream.

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Best-selling novelist ALICE WALKER is also the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, six volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in northern California.

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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.
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