In The Name Of Your Daughter will no doubt be an inspiring, compelling and important
documentary that will help raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM,) a human rights violation deeply rooted in gender inequality and discrimination.
Giselle Portenier is one of the most outstanding filmmakers I've ever had the pleasure of working with. She has a passion for human rights and social justice and brings those stories to the screen with the utmost sensitivity and artistry.
She helps her subjects speak for themselves....even about the unspeakable.
My dream is to save girls from being cut, and I will never stop until FGM is history in my community. This film is very very important because it will help raise awareness not just in our community, but in the district and even in other countries that are receiving African people who have the same tradition of cutting. It may help make our people change. It will also give our girls a voice, people will be able to hear the children, because they’ve never been heard before.
The documentary dispels the myth that FGC is accepted – and even desired – by the girls on whom it is inflicted, and by giving these girls a voice, In the Name of Your Daughter will make a monumental contribution to the struggle for women’s human rights.
In my own estimation, Giselle's film In The Name Of Your Daughter will be a huge contribution in the fight against FGM and forced child marriage.
Giselle Portenier is a multi award winning film director who has specialized in stories of human rights abuses. From our time working together at the BBC, l know that many of her films were responsible for changing things. Her ability to shine a light in dark corners of the world and raise awareness has succeeded in making a difference for the better – changing attitudes and laws.
It was the worst experience ever. No girl should ever have to go through that horror. These are our lives and the children's voices need to be heard and respected. I believe this film will help give our children that voice.
Giselle Portenier is one of the best documentary filmmakers I've had the privilege and pleasure to work alongside during our many years at the BBC. Some of the most important awards in our industry, which she has won many times, testify to her talents and skills as an accomplished director and producer.
As a human rights activist, I fully support the work being done by Portenier and thank her for bringing critical issues to the forefront without worrying about being politically correct. Her work is imperative to the battle for women’s human rights globally.
We are aware of Giselle’s superb record of documentary film-making and are entirely confident that she has the tact, skills, expertise and knowledge to gain the confidence of the girls and to produce an honest and strong documentary that will help in the campaign against FGM and support Rhobi and her team.
By helping to crowd fund this project, you help to tell this story. By telling this story, you too are helping to bring an end to FGM in our lifetimes.
Giselle Portenier is the most ambitious television producer and director I have worked with. Once she sets her sights on the story, nothing deflects her. She is courageous in getting to places and people and in deploying the techniques of her craft to tell the story at its strongest.
Giselle has been a tireless advocate for so many in her career and anytime you question whether or not a difference is being made just know that we are that difference. Leah is that difference. You can help make that difference.