UK pubcaster Channel 4 has tapped Love Productions to make a doc focusing on Leyla Hussein, a female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor and co-founder of Daughters of Eve.
The hour-long, as-yet-untitled doc will capture Hussein’s campaign to make the UK Home Office responsible for ending FGM in the UK, which is practiced in some African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities in the country, as well as around the world.
Hussein and Efua Dorkenoo, from Equality Now, have launched an e-petition that asks the Home Office to take over the issue from a number of government departments.
Love Productions will film over the summer and the special will broadcast in the fall. Kieran Smith executive produces.
“The statistics for this horrendous procedure are frightening and highlight what a problem this is here in the UK – more than 65,000 women living in Britain have fallen victim and a further 24,000 are said to be at risk – and yet there have been no prosecutions in the UK,” said Sara Ramsden, Channel 4′s commissioning editor for specialist factual.