As a young girl growing up in a rural village in Kenya, Beryl thought that all women in the world have to be circumcised by going through Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) at a young age; therefore she went through the ritual at a tender age as a rite of passage. Little did she know about the effects of FGM/C. Many years later she learns about a rather new reconstructive surgery that promises to give back what was lost once. In her author-driven documentary IN SEARCH… she explores the emotional dilemma by talking to other women who went through similar experiences. Beryl is trying to find out whether she should undergo this surgery, a journey into the unknown for a second time.
BERYL MAGOKO studied Mass Communication and TV/Video Production in Uganda, followed by post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Sharpening her passion for cinema through documentary films, her debut film THE CUT (2012) won several international awards. Her other films include WATER FOR JANET AND FELICITAS (2013), IN SEARCH… (2018), and OTHER MOTHERS (2019, co-direction).