ICE-Vision: Moolaadé (Sembene, Senegal, 2004)
Thursday, October 1 at 6 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150
Seen your share of European and American cinema? Want to check out films from the other 85% of the world’s population? Join philosophy major Thomas Finan as he explores movies produced outside of the Western canon.
Pioneering Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene directed this controversial drama which deals in part with the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation, which is still practiced in a number of African nations in the name of “purification.” Six girls who are scheduled to undergo the traditional purification ceremony escape, and four make their way to the home of Colle Ardo Gallo Sy (Fatoumata Coulibaly), a wife and mother who is sympathetic to their dilemma. Colle casts a “moolaade” spell, which will bring harm to anyone who attempts to hurt those under Colle’s care. Moolaadé was awarded the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. [allmovie.com]