In Search... (2018)

  • Main Competition
  • 1h 30m


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 a tender 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 once lost. In her author-driven documentary 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?” and “Am I ready to face my trauma?” are the questions that drive this authentic and emotional quest into the very self of a young woman.

This film will not be available in Canada, USA, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg & Austria.

Competing for the RAI Film Prize and Basil Wright Film Prize.

Live Q&As with the directors will take place on Zoom 19-28 March. Find the full schedule of live events and links to join here.


Beryl Magoko


Kenya, Germany