FIN REVIEW: Girls of Meru a poignant, difficult documentary

Andrea Dorfman’s film about the quest for children’s rights and changes to sexual violence investigations in Meru, Africa is a difficult watch, but worth the investment.

Dorfman spent five years following the struggle of children, families and advocates for them in an area where money talks and law is wild.

With a police force that works on a bribe system in an area where families of victims have little cash to spare, corruption is rampant.

Coupled with improper training in sexual crimes, the children — girls specifically — in Meru have few options when it comes to receiving love, care, protection and justice.

But Dorfman follows a multinational team, including Canadian lawyer Fiona Sampson and Mercy Chidi Baidoo as they try to make change.

Baidoo runs a safe haven for girls, a blocked off shelter called Tumaini, and helps put together a case with 11 young plantiffs to create new laws and order for those affected by sexual violence and rape.

This is a difficult — and uplifting — film that can be incredibly hard to watch, but the subject matter is so incredibly important.

Consider this one of my favourites — and one of the most necessary — films of FIN.

4.5/5 Stars

 

 

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