29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“Jaha’s Promise is a harrowing but inspiring tale of activism and change.”
Jaha’s Promise is the story of a young woman’s battle against extraordinary odds to eradicate the practices that almost destroyed her life: child marriage and female genital mutilation. When Jaha was 15 she was brought to New York from her native Gambia to marry a middle-aged man she had never met before.
Jaha escaped the ‘marriage’ and 10 years later returned home to launch a campaign that puts her on a collision course with her own family and society’s traditions. The documentary is the story of that struggle, a narrative of success and setbacks, until she achieves a stunning victory that brings radical change to her society. For the girl who was powerless in the face of those who diminished and banished her, it is a moment when she feels close to recovering her identity, closer to finding peace.
Official Selection: Sheffield Doc Fest
Directors Patrick Farrelly & Kate O’Callaghan
Cast Jaha Dukureh
Producers Patrick Farrelly & Kate O’Callaghan
Country Ireland, US & UK
Duration 82 minutes
The director will attend and the Q&A session afterward will be hosted by Marian Finucane