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  • Summary: A rousing polemic directed against the still common African practice of female circumcision. (New Yorker Films)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. As empowering and triumphant a film as you'll see this or any year.
  2. Once in a rare while a film comes along that is boldly original, communicates an important idea in an elegantly simple fashion and happens to be highly entertaining. Such is the case with Moolaadé.
  3. 100
    This was for me the best film at Cannes 2004, a story vibrating with urgency and life. It makes a powerful statement and at the same time contains humor, charm and astonishing visual beauty.
  4. There's such a rich sense of the fullness of life in Moolaadé that it sustains those passages that are truly and necessarily harrowing.
  5. It's a deceptively simple tale that tackles, serenely and with surprising humor, issues of gender, power, custom and change.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A marvelously entertaining, deeply moving treatment of a highly controversial practice: female genital mutilation.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Achieves the impossible in taking a genuine socio-political tragedy and turning it into an anvil drama which will fray the patience of the most sympathetic audiences.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    A brave piece and considered personally to be an accomplished piece of cinematic achievement from the African film industry. A film that gives out a powerful political message in such a humorous, charming and heroic way that makes it a special one to watch. A perfect morality tale. Expand
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    In a small village in Africa, a woman stands up to tribal traditions by harboring 4 girls in her house who refuse to partake in "purification' - a mandatory ritual for all women to become married. She uses the tribes own superstitions against them by summoning a 'moolaade,' a spirit who will protect the children from the tribals entering her house. Furthermore, the tribe chief's cosmopolitan son is set to marry the same woman's daughter, only to find out she is a balikoro (unpurified). A foreign street is also there to pass judgment on the whole situation in this fascinating watch. Expand

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