Available on BFI Player until 30 November


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Dir. Beryl Magoko

Germany. 2018. 90 mins.

English, Kiswahili, Sheng, German with English subtitles.

In Search is a personal journey that follows its courageous director, Beryl Magoko as she confronts her past and her own body. At the centre of this story is the weighty decision she must make: to undertake reconstructive surgery for the female genital mutilation she underwent as a young girl, or not. In Search… is heartbreaking and triumphant in its portrayal of life with and after female genital mutilation—an earnest quest for dignity. 

Our Online Watch Party took place on Thursday 5 November. Director Beryl Magoko was in conversation with Film Africa 2020 co-curator Katarina Hedrén.


Beryl Magoko

Beryl Magoko is a Kenyan filmmaker. Her first film “The Cut” received several international awards. After her B.S. from KU in Uganda, she moved to Germany to improve her film making skills at the KHM in Cologne. She has finalized her diploma film “In Search…” which was premiered in Leipzig and won the “Audience Award – Leipziger Ring” and “Best Student Documentary at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam”.