It’s genuinely shocking that, in the 28 years since FGM became illegal in the UK, there hasn’t been a single prosecution for the offence. Theresa May, who seems to dodge a meeting with Hussein, doesn’t come out of this film particularly well. But in any case, real progress will surely come when the relevant communities see the light about what FGM involves.
Accordingly, this film’s most revelatory moment is Hussein’s demonstration, to a group of young men, of exactly what the procedure entails. Several of them had seemed to be casually in favour of FGM beforehand – their horror and nausea at finding out exactly what they’re condoning is predictable but uplifting too. This is a very personal mission for Hussein and it shows – here, she’s made a valuable contribution to the cause.