Cert: 15 Year: 2005 Length: 124 mins Language: Bambara/French
Veteran Senegalese director Sembene Ousmane here tackles the controversy of female circumcision in a passionate drama set in a rural village in Burkina Faso. When four little girls flee a purification ceremony and 'the cut', they take refuge with Collie (Fatoumata Coulibaly), a woman who refused to have her own daughter circumcised. She casts a mystical protection (the Moolaadé of the title) and a standoff follows. It is a warm hearted and wryly observed take on village life.
A movie about contemporary sexual politics in which something very real is at stake
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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