Movie: Moolaadé

Thursday, June 13 th , 5:30 PM

Pitt Community Engagement Center – Homewood
622 N. Homewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15208
Please RSVP for Free Tickets at EVENTBRITE

Writer/Director: Ousmane Sembène
Country: Burkino Faso Year: 2004 Length: 124 minutes
Languages: Jula (BaMoolaade_1 mbara) & French with English Subtitles
Review: All I can tell you is, Moolaadé is a film that will stay in my memory and inform my ideas long after other films have vaporized. – Roger Ebert
Winner, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, 2004
Winner, Jury Award, Pan African Film Festival, 2005

“In a remote Burkina Faso village, the impending mass ceremony of female circumcision goes wrong as this year’s class of young girls jump down wells or head for the home of Collé, herself a holdout against tradition, and her red thread of sanctuary, the Moolaadé.”

Moolaadé was Ousmane Sembène’s final film – part two of an unfinished trilogy that began with his 2000 film, Faat-Kiné. It is at once a passionately critical look at an African practice of female genital mutilation that is practiced in more than 38 countries and a tribute to everyday heroism of African women (and men) against the tremendous internal problems facing modern day, post-colonial Africa.