Moolaadé (2004)

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When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.



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


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

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




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


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Very moving....
26 October 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is a candid picture of West African village life with a tale centered on a most sensitive subject. A tale told with humour and an honesty that is lacking in so many mainstream films. Sometimes shocking and at other times hilarious, it describes the story of the women of one village and their struggle to overcome the petty male tyranny that imposed the tradition of female circumcision and the ostracism of any who refused it. The male elders set an almost Taliban like regime claiming that female genital mutilation is a requirement for women as stated in the Koran. This of course is wrong and one woman's bravery is enough to turn the tide and change things forever. Well worth a watch if you have the chance - don't be put of by the subject matter.....

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we could use a film about American circumcision tkulawik
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