el Documental del mes September 2019


Beryl Magoko

2018 90 min.

Original Versiona in English, German, Kikuria and Swahili, with Catalan or Spanish subtitles

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Technical specs

    • Original Title: In Search... A journey to womanhood
    • Direction and editing: Beryl Magoko
    • Cinematography: Jule Katinka Cramer
    • Sound: Malin Schmid, Johannes von Barserwisch
    • Sound design: Tim Elzer
    • Music: Fatoumata Diawara, Matthias Wittwer, Lennart Saathoff
    • Production: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
    • Distribution: DocsBarcelona Distribution
    • Age rating: Not recommended for children under 7 years



A journey to womanhood…

As a young girl growing up in a rural village in Kenya, Beryl thought that all women in the world have to be “circumcised” by going through Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) at a young age; therefore she went through the ritual at attender age as a rite of passage. Little did she know about the effects of FGM/C.

Many years later she learns about a rather new reconstructive surgery that promises to give back what was lost once. In her author-driven documentary “Womanhood” (In Search…) she explores the emotional dilemma by talking to other women who went through similar experiences. Beryl is trying to find out whether she should undergo this surgery, a journey into the unknown for a second time: “Will I be making another terrible mistake?” or “Am I ready to face my trauma?” are the questions that drive this authentic and emotionally quest into the very self of a young woman.

About direction (Beryl Magoko)

Beryl Magoko is a Kenyan filmmaker. Her first film “The Cut” received several international awards. After her B.S. from KU in Uganda, she moved to Germany to improve her film making skills at the KHM in Cologne. When she is not glued on her computer brainstorming for new film ideas, she is out there to create awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), or helping students from AIB (Academy for international education – Bonn) with story telling. She has finalized her diploma film “Womanhood” (In Search...) which was premiered in Leipzig and won the “Audience Award – Leipziger Ring” and  “Best Student Documentary at International Documentary FIlm Festival Amsterdam”. Currently she is working on pre-production for her next Film.

Awards & Festivals

  • Filmpreis Leipziger Ring Award, Dok Leipzig - Germany, 2018.
  • Best Student Film, IDFA Amsterdam - Netherlands, 2018.
  • New Talent Award, DocsBarcelona - Spain, 2019.
  • Néstor Almendros Award, Human Rights Watch Film Festival – USA, 2019.