Moolaadé
Moolaadé (2004)

Set in a small African village, four young girls face a ritual "purification" flee to the household of Colle' Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from mutilation. Colle'… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 11, 2007
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A vibrant, powerful, and poignant glimpse into the struggles of women in modern Africa.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This masterwork by Ousmane Sembene, the 81-year-old father of African cinema and one of Senegal's greatest novelists, is the second film in a trilogy celebrating African women.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Though Moolaadé doesn't shy away from the task of educating its viewers about the brutality of 'purification,' it works equally well as a tribute to righteous defiance wherever it surfaces.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Thrilling and alive and far more entertaining and exciting and easy to watch than just about any message movie you have ever seen... a cinematic triumph of the highest order.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Ousmane, who wrote and directs, gives strong flavors to his characterization of village life and its peoples. But as drama the film mostly serves to illustrate the two sides of this crucial social debate in Africa.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It's certainly clear where the director stands on the issue, but underneath is a far richer film about the complex issues of globalization and the values of tradition.

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Tom Dawson
Film4

The eightysomething Sembene delivers a powerfully acted and colourfully shot polemic. A perceptive observation of daily life in an African village that celebrates female bravery and solidarity.

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Time Out

This is an impassioned and uplifting film.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

A story told in music, vivid imagery and ritualistic movement.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Poetic, provocative and unstoppably powerful. But, depressingly, it probably won't change a thing.

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Alec Barniskis
While the film could use some trimmimg, this may be one of the most important films to ever come out of Africa. It comfronts the terrible practice of… More
John Ballantine
Disturbing and moving story of a minor womens' lib moment...one that protects young girls from circumcision in a great movie about this unfortunate… More
Panta Oz
A very unelegant subject is dealt in this movie elegantly... director Ousmane Sembene brings a story where the practice of female circumcision is everyday issue… More