Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 10.45PM Wed 6 November 2013

Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, is when a girl's genitals are either partially or totally removed for non-medical reasons.

Leyla Hussein, a campaigner and mother, was cut when she was seven years old.

Four women held her down, while a fifth person cut her. The pain was so intense that Leyla screamed for her mother to help her, before passing out.

With an estimated 24,000 British girls at risk of FGM, and 66,000 women and girls living with its terrible consequences in this country alone, Leyla wants to stop FGM.

This passionate and exuberant documentary explores the complex world of FGM, how it could be your neighbour, your colleague or the girl on the bus next to you who could be either at risk or suffering the consequences.

The Cruel Cut examines the cultural and societal pressures, and how it continues despite being illegal in the UK - there have been no prosecutions although it was made illegal in 1985.

The documentary follows Leyla's campaign as she and a group of survivors attempt to take their cause to the very top of the government.

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    1. Diversity Policy This video is a clip Diversity Policy Video duration: 0:45 minutes

      A look into government's policy on female mutilation Watch The Cruel Cut The Cruel Cut
    2. Eggshells Stunt This video is a clip Eggshells Stunt Video duration: 1:07 minutes

      Leyla sets up a petition to prevent girls from the unkindest cut Watch The Cruel Cut The Cruel Cut
    3. Stop FGM This video is a clip Stop FGM Video duration: 0:35 minutes

      Previous victim, Leyla Hussain aims to stop female genital mutilation for good Watch The Cruel Cut The Cruel Cut

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A passionate, exuberant exploration of the complex world of Female Genital Mutilation