DVD - 2005 | French
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It is the time for the young girls of a village to be "purified" by ritual circumcision. The women know that many girls die after the operation, but the men of the village insist on the ceremony. Since the village men will not marry an un-cut woman, the older women insist on the ritual, too, as their daughters must find husbands. Colle has kept her daughter from being circumcised, and several of the girls go to her for refuge. Colle agrees to help them, and she invokes "moolaade," a form of sanctuary.
Publisher: Canada : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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Nov 29, 2017

Great photography & scenery & mood creation to a difficult topic. Female Genital Mutilation is also know as "Purification" & the the subject of this movie. It is not for younger audiences for sure. The subject matter was well handled & covered the perils of women during this practice. It makes clear that some women do bleed to death during purification. The politics of purification are exposed. Tribal male entitlement & privilege is also exposed in this film as it pertains to the theme of the movie. It is incredible that this film was made by an African man championing the well being of African women. Thank you Ausman Beneme.

Jul 28, 2017

The final film from the great Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene, often called "African cinema's founding father," is a slow moving, but deeply felt and quietly indignant story about female genital mutilation in a small African village. Winnner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

Nov 29, 2014

An interesting story of culture, bravery and the clash of new with old. Many viewers may not realize that this was the director's last movie made in his early 80s -- very impressive that a man chose this subject.

I enjoyed watching the strong characters. Ends with a message of hope and mystery of what the future with mix of new and old will bring. Sad that more people may not watch this.

lasertravis Feb 16, 2012

Foreign film about a very disturbing subject. Runs a bit long and has pacing problems. The actors and the settings are extremely realistic.

Jan 03, 2011

Great movie. Heart breaking but courageous.

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Aug 09, 2016

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