Christina Asquith, A Kurdish Filmmaker’s Campaign to Stop Female Genital Mutilation, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, May 2014, Pages 16-18 ( Abstract: Kurdish filmmakers Shara Amin and Nabaz Ahmed spent 10 years on the roads of Kurdistan speaking to women and men about the impact of female genital mutilation (FGM) on their lives, their children and their marriages. "It took a lot of time to convince them to speak to us. This was a very taboo subject. Speaking about it on camera was a very brave thing to do,” they told The Guardian. Their film, A Handful of Ash, changed the law in Kurdistan, and may have reduced the practice by as much as 50 percent. They spoke to Solutions Journal via Skype with a translator. Let’s start at the beginning. When and how did you uncover that female genital mutilation was going on in Kurdistan? I discovered female genital mutilation was going on at the end of 2003. I had heard about it when I was a child—15 years old or so. I didn’t hear [anything about it after that]. [Then], at the beginning of war in 2003, I read article in a Kurdish newspaper about female genital mutilation in … Topics: Communication; Health; Inequality; Security; Women