7.7/10
2,965
21 user 79 critic

Moolaadé (2004)

Unrated | | Drama | 9 March 2005 (France)
When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.

Director:

Writer:

On Disc

at Amazon

6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Xala (1975)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Thierno Leye, Myriam Niang, Seune Samb
Ceddo (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne
Black Girl (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine
Brightness (1987)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

Director: Souleymane Cissé
Stars: Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare, Niamanto Sanogo
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In this semi-autobiographical film, black soldiers help to defend France, but are detained in prison camp before being repatriated home.

Directors: Ousmane Sembene, Thierno Faty Sow
Stars: Sidiki Bakaba, Hamed Camara, Ismaila Cissé
Sang sattawat (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Stars: Nantarat Sawaddikul, Jaruchai Iamaram, Sophon Pukanok
Sud pralad (2004)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Stars: Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Huai Dessom
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An innocent young man witnesses violence breaks out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions, a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince".

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Stars: Lars Rudolph, Peter Fitz, Hanna Schygulla
Hyenas (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A once-prosperous Senegalese village has been falling further into poverty year by year until the village's elders are reduced to selling town possessions to pay debts. Linguère, a former ... See full summary »

Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Stars: Ami Diakhate, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Mansour Diouf
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé
Faat Kiné (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A forty-year-old woman refuses to give into the stigma of unwed motherhood and climbs the ladder of success in a male dominated field.

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Venus Seye, Mame Ndoumbé, Ndiagne Dia
Guelwaar (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Burial of a Christian political activist in a Muslim cemetary forces a conflict imbued with religious fervor. A satiric portrayal of religion and politics, sometimes humorous, sometimes ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Stars: Abou Camara, Marie Augustine Diatta, Mame Ndoumbé Diop
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fatoumata Coulibaly ...
Collé Gallo Ardo Sy
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ...
Hadjatou
Salimata Traoré ...
Amasatou
Dominique Zeïda ...
Mercenaire
Mah Compaoré ...
Doyenne des Exciseuses
Aminata Dao ...
Alima Bâ
Rasmané Ouédraogo ...
Ciré Bathily (as Rasmane Ouedraogo)
Ousmane Konaté ...
Amath Bathily
Bakaramoto Sanogo ...
Abdou
Modibo Sangaré ...
Balla Bathily
Joseph Traoré ...
Dugutigi
Théophile Sowié ...
Ibrahima (as Moussa Théophile Sowié)
Habib Dembélé ...
Sacristain
Gustave Sorgho ...
Bakary
Cheick Oumar Maiga ...
Kémo Tiékura
Edit

Storyline

In an African village this is the day when six 4-9-year-old girls are to be 'cut' (the act of female genital mutilation) All children know that the operation is horrible torture and sometimes lethal, and all adults know that some cut women can only give birth by Caesarean section. Two of the girls have drowned themselves in the well to escape the operation. The four other girls seek "magical protection" (moolaadé) by a woman (Colle) who seven years before refused to have her daughter circumcised. Moolaadé is indicated by a coloured rope. But no one would dare step over and fetch the children. Moolaadé can only be revoked by Colle herself. Her husband's relatives persuade him to whip her in public into revoking. Opposite groups of women shout to her to revoke or to be steadfast, but no woman interferes. When Colle is at the wedge of fainting, the merchant takes action and stops the maltreatment. Therefore he is hunted out of the village and, when out of sight, murdered. Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Set in Burkina Faso, an inspiring story about a group of women who stand up for their rights against the traditions of their village

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Language:

|

Release Date:

9 March 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Haha tachi no Mura  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,982, 17 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$214,605, 24 July 2005
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The meaning of the word Moolaadé is magical protection. See more »

Goofs

Mercenaire's shirt is drenched with sweat when he takes a drink before setting up shop, but is dry when customers begin to arrive. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tribute to the African Woman
29 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Moolaade is a tribute to the African Woman, our Mother, That which gave us birth, that which gives birth to kings, that which gives birth to the fiercest hunters and fighters, and unfortunately... that which circumcise too!

Sembene's movie is a true and genuine portrait of the African society, it is great when showing the rapports between Man and Woman, Man and Man, Woman and Woman, as we know from other great African wise Men as the late Francis Bebey (Agatha Moudio's Son). Wit Moolaade, Sembene goes even further and shows us the flip side of the coin of the African traditions, the Tyrany and hypocrisy of the Men and Society Eldest against the Women and the others.

I have no idea of film making, but Moolaade could have been, maybe, a little bit shorter. In my eyes, 2 hours was a bit too long...


7 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Best of 2017: Our Favorite Movie and TV Stills

Take a look at our favorite movie and TV stills from the past year. Spot any of your faves?

Browse the Best of 2017