New Yorker Films | Release Date: October 15, 2004
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EpicLadySpongeJun 17, 2016
Moolaadé shows us the deepest thoughts of a group of girls trying to be protected by the main character, Collé, by using moolaadé (magical protection) and boy, how much I want to watch this movie over and over again.
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ryancarroll88Aug 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 againstIn 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. Collapse
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joomjim4Jun 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 aA 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
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ChadS.Apr 4, 2005
Like Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", "Moolaade" is shot at a real location, but there's a self-conscious staginess that makes the village feel like it exists on a soundstage. Some of the cast members seem like unprofessional Like Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", "Moolaade" is shot at a real location, but there's a self-conscious staginess that makes the village feel like it exists on a soundstage. Some of the cast members seem like unprofessional actors who would benefit from a neo-realist approach rather than have them emote as if they were in a play. The horror of female genitalia mutilitation was already formed in my mind, and nothing in "Moolaade" added to it. What this movie does do well is show how traditions in non-western cultures are overtly patriarchal and detrimental for women. The final image, showing how the infiltration of the west is a compromise that's beneficial for the progress of women's rights, is a flash of visual wit that ends a muddled film with an exclamation point. Expand
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DonMar 3, 2005
Masterpiece!
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EleanorM.Jan 8, 2005
An important topic, and worth seeing for the subject matter. For me though, it is a story that would have been better told documentary style.
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FrankP.Nov 6, 2004
Very thoughtful and beautiful exploration of village African life and it's customs. Important commentary on genital mutilation. All should see it.
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BillF.Sep 22, 2007
Phenomenal. Humane and insightful.
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