Moolaadé

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Released 2004

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Moolaadé

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Director:
Ousmane Sembene
Released:
2004
Rating:
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For fear of enduring genital mutilation, a group of girls flee their own "purification" ceremony and take refuge with Collé (Fatoumata Coulibaly), a woman who had spared her daughter from the same fate. Collé casts a spell to protect the girls, which causes much consternation among among the village elders. In retaliation, they confiscate all radios from the women villagers and demand that the spell be broken, but Collé nevertheless holds fast.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

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

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    There's such a rich sense of the fullness of life in Moolaadé that it sustains those passages that are truly and necessarily harrowing.

  • 90

    Variety Scott Foundas

    This richly textured parable feels every inch the work of a master.

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