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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Moolaade

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


A woman in a Muslim village in Africa takes in four young girls who have escaped their circumcision ceremonies and offers them spiritual protection. Her village doesn’t want her to break with age-old tradition, being reminded of the trouble she caused seven years earlier when she refused to have her own daughter “purified”, making her (according to them) unfit for marriage. The men of the village react to the threat of revolution by taking all the womens’ radios away, which they believe is what is giving their wives these inconvenient, newfangled ideas, inspiring the women to band together in revolt and challenge a so-called religious tradition that sees them being mutilated for the purposes of being more easily controlled by their husbands. This fantastic film by Ousmane Sembene offers a very rich and rewarding film experience: it is a satisfying drama, a politically necessary story and a notable cultural experience.  is marvelous as the heroine in question, and Sembene’s direction is rock-solid, never flagging for a second and keeping the audience riveted until the very end.


Filmi Doomireew, Direction de la Cinematographie Nationale, Centre Cinématographique Marocain, Cinétéléfilms, Les Films Terre Africaine, Ciné-Sud Promotion, Fonds Sud Cinéma, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement International

Senegal/France/Burkina Faso/Cameroon/Morocco/Tunisia2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Ousmane Sembene

Cinematography by

Produced by Ousmane Sembene

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Toronto International Film Festival 2004

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