18th Annual Indy Film Fest

Conversion w/Messania's Story

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Your ticket to this screening includes both the feature Conversion and the short film Messania's Story which will play before it!

A childhood filled with laughter and friends, singing and games—cut short by the circumciser’s knife.


Growing up, Messania walked the same path as many young girls from Africa; undergoing female genital mutilation to make her marriageable to a stranger many years older than herself.


From her Kenyan home, Messania tells the story of how she found the determination to escape abuse, challenge harmful cultural norms, and sing a new song of freedom for herself and other young girls everywhere.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    20 minutes
  • Language
    West Pokot
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Indiana
  • Director
    Laki Karavias
  • Producer
    May Ondeng, Dan Berggren
  • Cast
    Messania Cheurai Lokudo, Naomi Cheptoo, Adeline Chebor, Regina Komolsiwa
  • Cinematographer
    Maxwell Moser
  • Editor
    Laki Karavias