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Moolaade
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Even at the age of 81, Sembene directs with the passion of a first-timer"
5 stars

Although he has been hailed as one of the greatest filmmakers working today for many years now, Ousmane Sembene, essentially the founder of African cinema, is pretty much a complete unknown in America-works such as “Faat Kine”, “Black Girl” and “Ceddo” have never enjoyed a wide release even by art-house standards. However, his new film, “Moolaade”, seems likely to change that for good; this is a film that is so bursting with energy, excitement and not a little bit of anger that it is impossible to ignore. Even at the age of 81, Sembene directs with the passion and vibrancy of a first-timer who isn’t sure that he will ever get a chance to do it again and so he puts everything he has into it.

Set in a remote contemporary African village, where ancient superstitions mingle with boombox radios, the story begins as four young girls escape before they can undergo a “purification” ritual-i.e. the brutal practice of female circumcision-and take shelter from Colee Ardo Gallo Sy (a great performance by Fatoumata Coulibaly), who was able to successfully protect her own daughter a few years earlier. She gives them sanctuary and instigates a stand-off between the traditionalists who want the ritual to continue and those who see it as barbaric. Interestingly, even though the society we see is strictly patriarchal in nature, it is the women of the village that seem to call the shots; many try to protect the girls while others try to see that the tradition continues (perhaps on the theory that since they had to undergo it, others should as well.)

A movie on the subject of female genital mutilation may sound like a dour, dreary slog-one of those films that people see because they hear that it is Good For Them. “Moolaade”, on the other hand, is nothing like that. While there are horrific and heart-wrenching moments on display, Sembene also takes care to included lighter moments as well-there are some amusing moments with a neighborhood bounder who becomes unexpectedly heroic-and there is even a musical number or two. More importantly, while he is firmly in the camp of the more progressive villagers, he takes care to portray the traditionalists as three-dimensional characters as well.

As a result, “Moolaade” isn’t just an eye-opening look at a different culture or a different style of filmmaking, it is a fascinating and always-compelling story in its own right. It is a masterful film from a masterful filmmaker and it will hopefully encourage people to seek out Sembene’s other works as well.

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User Comments

11/14/05 Katie Heath Distressing in its theme but ultimately uplifting for the human spirit. 5 stars
7/20/05 davies a great film which shows us life in Africa, with its tradional ways, good and bad . 5 stars
10/21/04 JACKIE WILSON ANOTHER TRIUMPH FROM PAPA SEMBENE, AT ONCE LOVING & CRITIQUING AFRICAN TRADITIONAL LIFEWAYS 5 stars
10/20/04 Erick very informative but a bit preachy (particularly the selectively all-caps subtitles) 3 stars
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  15-Oct-2004

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