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Moolaade [2004] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Fatoumata Coulibaly
  • Directors: Ousmane Sembene
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B64VGC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,251 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Powerful drama from African director Ousmane Sembene, tackling the controversial issue of female circumcision. In a small village in Burkino Faso, four young girls flee a circumcision ritual and seek shelter with Collé (Fatoumata Coulibaly), a circumcised woman who helped her daughter escape the ceremony many years earlier. She gives the girls sanctuary, but this opens a rift in her village with those traditionalists who think the ritual should go ahead. As the two opposing sets of values begin to clash, tensions begin to rise in the village.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 27 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
Director Ousmane Sembene is a leading figure in African cinema. In the extras which accompany this film he explains the problems he faced making it. "Moolaade" deals with a nightmare subject - female circumcision - which is described in the film as a 'purification' ceremony. A number of girls run away from the ritual and find sanctuary in a village. It's a wonderfully evocative and courageous film, and Sembene has laboured hard to deliver his narrative with sensitivity and conviction.
The setting is exotic - a village in Burkina Faso which contains a Gaudiesque mosque, extraordinary henhouses, and a visual quality which emphasises the cinematographic skills of director and crew. Again, the extras explore the nature of African cinema and the difficulties faced by indigenous film makers. The combination of theme, narrative quality, the dynamic of the production, and the intellectual depth of the extras make this an absorbing and engrossing work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Beall on 7 May 2009
Format: DVD
This is an important and wonderful film. While it takes a courageous stand against excision, it's also a moving portrayal of a society's ambivalence toward globalization and its undermining of traditional customs (some of which obviously need to stop).

The film is didactic at times, but don't let that dissuade you from watching it. Sembene's last film is also one of his best, and the Artificial Eye dvd is an excellent presentation (with better subtitles than the U.S. region-1 release).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abdullah ^evki YURTVERMEZ on 23 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
The subject of the DVD is social, traditional and religious problem about to cut off female sexual organ. Bleeding wound in some traditional / Islamic African countries for women... In my opinion,DVD is Coulibaly's and Ousmane Sambene's perfect realistic interpretation. You have to watch it for to aware female traditional circumsice orthodoxy or obsession and successful struggle against this illogic orthodoxy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on 10 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
I found this film from the recently deceased Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene very interesting in its description of life in a rural village in Africa, specially in its description of the communal family structure (I know it's a cliché, but it's true that in Africa it takes a village to raise a child). While I come from a very different culture, I felt that I was able to understand what was going on, the struggle for power in the village between the men and the women. And Sembene was a really talented director, with a humanist sensibility. About the subject matter, a group of women who oppose the genital mutilation of young girls, well, as they say about song or movies against war or hunger, who can make a movie in favor of war or hunger? (on second thought, there has been many movies in favor of war). And it is touching that the village vendor (who appears at first to be the least likable person in the town, as he cares more about money than about the rural traditions) ends up being a martyr in the cause of the girls. Highly recommended.
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0 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Anika on 9 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
I was not aware that I would not be able to view these DVD in the US until after I had purchased them.
I now have two DVD's from the UK that are useless to me.
This information should be clearly stated for the buyer.

Thank You

Dollie Anika
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