|Directed by||Ousmane Sembène|
Ousmane Sembène |
|Written by||Ousmane Sembène|
|Music by||Boncana Naiga|
|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. 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.
- "Festival de Cannes: Moolaadé". festival-cannes.com. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/4198684/year/2004.html. Retrieved 2009-12-02.