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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.

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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
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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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Haha tachi no Mura  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,982, 17 October 2004, Limited Release

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$214,605, 24 July 2005
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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 »

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Africa ought to be proud of this film
30 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Ousmane Sembene is a colossus among African filmmakers. He is what Kurosawa and Ray are to Asia. At 82, this man is making films on women's problems, on colonialism, on human rights without losing sight of African culture.

"Moolaade" deals with rebellion by African women against female circumcision, a tradition upheld by elders, Muslim and animist, in a swathe of countries across Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa. Interestingly, the film is an uprising within the social traditions that allow the husband full powers over his wives and acceptance of other social codes to whip his wife in public into submission. How many women (and feminist) directors who preach about female emancipation would have dared to make a film on this subject in Africa? The subject could cause riots in countries such as Egypt. Sembene is more feminist than women and I admire this veteran for this and other films he has made. He graphically shows how women are deprived of sexual pleasures through this practice and how thousands die during the crude operation.

"Moolaade" deals with other aspects of Africa as well. It comments on the adherence to traditional values that are good--six women get protection through a code word and piece of cloth tied in front of the entrance to the house. It comments on materialism (including a bread vendor with a good heart for the oppressed who is called a "mercenary" by the women who claim to know the meaning of the word) that pervades pristine African villages (the return of a native from Europe and the increasing dependence on radios for entertainment and information).

Sembene's cinema is not stylish--its style stems from its simplicity and its humane values. Sembene's films allow non-Africans to get inside the world of the real Africa far removed from the world of the Mandelas, constant hunger and the epidemic of AIDS that the media underlines as Africa today. Sembene's film is not history, it is Africa today. The performances are as close to reality as you could get.

At the end of the film shown at the recent Dubai Film Festival, I could not but marvel at a man concerned not at making great cinema for arts' sake but using it creatively to improve the human condition of a slice of humanity the world (and the media) prefers to ignore.


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