Moolaadé [videorecording] / Doomireew Films ; New Yorker Films presents a Direction de la Cinématographie Nationale (Burkina Faso)/Centre Cinématographique Marocain (Maroco)/Cinétélé Films (Tunisia)/Les Films de la Terre Africaine (Cameroun) co-production with contribution from La Commission Européenne: Fonds European de Développement du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Ministère de la Culture ... ; written and directed by Ousmane Sembene.
Set in a small village, four young girls face ritual "purification" decide to flee to the household of Collé Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from the mutilation. Collé invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collé against village traditionalists. This endangers the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne.
Title from container.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2004.
Special features: "The making of Moolaadé" featurette; interviews and additional footage; deluxe collector's booklet; theatrical trailer.
Director of photography, Dominique Gentil ; editor, Abdellatif Raïss ; music, Boncana Maïga ; production designer, Joseph Kpobly.
Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maïmouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré, Dominique T. Zeïda, Mah Compaoré, Aminata Dao.
DVDs, region 1, letterbox (16:9, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital.
Jula and French dialogue with optional English subtitles.
National Society of Film Critics: Best Foreign Language Film.
Consensus: A vibrant, powerful, and poignant glimpse into the struggles of women in modern Africa.
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