Secret Pain

The powerful »secret societies« operate covertly. They train young women to act as good wives and mothers. But that’s not all: they also circumcise them. This film shows what effect this has on those who are forced to undergo the process. At the same time, we hear from women who defend the »secret societies«. A rare insight into a tradition which is widely regarded as taboo.

»They put me into the society when I was still small. They forced me.«



Colour, 11 min.

Krio and Temne with English or German subtitles

Sierra Leone, 2016

Crew / Cast

Director: Salamatu Kuyateh

Camera: Stephen Kai James

Editor: Emmanuel Sahr Pessima, Salamatu Kuyateh

Sound: Emmanuel Sahr Pessima