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Directed by Ousmane Sembène
Produced by Ousmane Sembène
Thierry Lenouvel
Written by Ousmane Sembène
Starring Fatoumata Coulibaly
Music by Boncana Naiga
Cinematography Dominique Gentil
Editing by Abdellatif Raïss
Release date(s) 15 May 2004 (Cannes Film Festival)
Running time 120 minutes
Country Template:Film Senegal / France / Burkina Faso / Cameroon / Morocco / Tunisia
Language French / Bambara

Moolaadé ("magical protection") is a 2004 film by the Senegalese writer and director Ousmane Sembène. It addresses the subject of female genital cutting, a common practice in a number of African countries, especially nations immediately south of the Sahara Desert. The film is a co-production between companies from several Francophone nations: Senegal, France, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Morocco and Tunisia. It was filmed in the remote village of Djerrisso, Burkina Faso.

The film is set in a village in Burkina Faso. The film argues strongly against the practice, depicting a village woman, Colle, who uses "moolaadé" (magical protection) to protect a group of girls. She is opposed by the villagers who believe in the necessity of circumcision, which they call "purification".


The film won the Prix Un Certain Regard and a special mention in the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[1] Prominent American film critic Roger Ebert was a big supporter of the film when it was released, naming it one of his top ten of the year.


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