Moolaade (RARE)
Moolaade (RARE)
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Ousmane Sembene's film is a powerful polemic directed against the practice of female circumcision, which is still practiced in a number of African nations in the name of "purification". In a small village, four young girls flee to the household of Colle (Fatoumata Coulibaly), a strong-willed woman who vows to protect them from mutilation at the hands of village traditionalists. Colle casts a "moolaade" spell which will bring harm to anyone who attempts to hurt those under her care, and the villagers are angry but powerless in the face of this magic. Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, "to skip Moolaade would be to miss an opportunity to experience the embracing, affirming, world-changing potential of humanist cinema at its finest" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times). In Jula and French with Ousmane Sembene---Senegal---2004---124 mins.

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