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  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.
  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

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

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  1. 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.
  2. As drama the film mostly serves to illustrate the two sides of this crucial social debate in Africa.
  3. Sembène's love of his people and his commitment to the richness that underlies the poverty of their condition have always made his films gems of truth, as they do once again here.