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: October 15, 2004
DVD 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.

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.

Tom Dawson

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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John Ballantine
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