Moolaade (2160x1023)
Moolaadé (2003) © Filmi Domirev

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Ousmane Sembène | Senegal | 2003 | M

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A mother fights against oppression and outdated tradition in Ousmane Sembène's uplifting final film.

To skip Ousmane Sembène's 'Moolaade' would be to miss an opportunity to experience the embracing, affirming, world-changing potential of humanist cinema at its finest.

A.O. Scott (New York Times)

An impassioned, uplifting and rousing story about one courageous mother who fights against the practice of genital mutilation.

Collè Ardo (Fatoumata Coulibaly) is the only one in her village who has refused to allow her 15-year-old daughter to be circumcised. One day, four little girls go to the woman's house and ask her for moolaadé – or protection, because they don't want to suffer the ordeal either. The woman holds a rope at the entrance to her hut that no one will be able to pass through. The village is in turmoil, united against Collè Ardo as she tries to resist and assert her own rights – and those of the girls.

– Keith Shiri, Curator

Format: DCP
Language: Bambara, French with English subtitles
Source: Ciné-Sud Promotion
Courtesy: Ciné-Sud Promotion
Runtime: 124 mins

Event duration

124 mins



Contains violence, mature themes, coarse language and a sex scene


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