Mariya

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[EXTENDED CUT - 11.23.16]

Featuring never-before-heard scenes and a post-award interview with Mariya Karimjee, this is an extended version of the award-winning documentary, "Mariya". A story about Mariya's journey to figure out sex after FGM. 

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[ORIGINAL RELEASE - 05.04.16]

"When I was younger, someone took a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small, but significant part of me."

Based on the 2015 essay from The Big Roundtable, writer Mariya Karimjee takes us on a journey from her childhood in Pakistan, to her adolescence in Texas, through college, all the way to where she is now, back in Pakistan as she navigates family, love, her body and her personal relationships, all despite the physical and emotional trauma that she has suffered.

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Mariya Karimjee is a writer based in Karachi, Pakistan. Read her original essay here.

Editorial support from Brendan Baker, Allen Watts, Kelsey Padgett, Samara Breger and Nadia Bajwa. Additional support from Kari June.

Another version of this story can be heard on This American Life.

 Image art by Jen Ng