In Kenya, in the year 2014, girls from 6 to 15 years of age are being “cut”. 85% of them undergo total mutilation of their external genitalia for non medical reasons. Long before the completion of their growth, girls get in line, and undergo this operation, without any anesthetic or analgesic and under conditions of no hygiene. With the same blade, with no kind of sterilization, all of them will be “cut”. Some will die of bleeding, some will get HIV.
“Excision” examines the consequences of FGM (female genital mutilation) through female portraits and demonstrates the effects of this action on millions of girls and women worldwide. The film aims to raise the voice of the FGM victims who don’t have the chance to speak openly about their pain. It was shot in Kenya in the area of the Pokot Tribe.
Victoria Vellopoulou studied French Literature in Athens, Greece and Cinema in Montpellier, France. She is working as a director and a photographer. She has directed a documentary series for the Greek private TV station SKAI, 4 documentaries, 2 awarded short films and several commercials.
THE WINGS OF PATMOS (2014)
Documentary HD, 53min, Freestudios, Switzerland-Greece
Documentary HD, 57min, Indigo View, ActionAid, Greece
RALLY ACROPOLIS (2011)
Documentary, HD, 52min, BOO Productions, GREECE
Documentary, HD, 4min, GREECE
THE ROUTS OF THE OLIVE TREE (2009)
Documentary series (5 episodes 5x50min), SKAI CHANNEL, GREECE
BEWARE OF BEAR (2008)
Fiction, 35mm, 19min, EKK, Cinegram
Fiction, 35mm, 12min, MIKROFILM, Sinegram, distributed by ERT 1
Best Actress in Supporting role – Athens International Film Festival, Greece 2002