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  • Summary: A rousing polemic directed against the still common African practice of female circumcision, Moolaadé is set in a small African village, where four young girls facing ritual "purification" flee to the household of Collé Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her ownA rousing polemic directed against the still common African practice of female circumcision, Moolaadé is set in a small African village, where four young girls facing ritual "purification" flee to the household of Collé Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from mutilation. Collé invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off pits Collé against village traditionalists (both male and female) and endangers the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne. [New Yorker Films] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. A beautiful picture with a great heart, a classic-to-be with a common touch.
  3. 100
    To skip Moolaade would be to miss an opportunity to experience the embracing, affirming, world-changing potential of humanist cinema at its finest.
  4. 90
    This has to be the most richly entertaining movie anyone has ever made on the subject of female genital mutilation.
  5. 88
    Fatoumata Coulibaly's peformance is striking. She plays her character with a mixture of determination and compassion.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    80
    A marvelously entertaining, deeply moving treatment of a highly controversial practice: female genital mutilation.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    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
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  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    A brave piece and considered personally to be an accomplished piece of cinematic achievement from the African film industry. A film that givesA 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. BillF.
    Sep 22, 2007
    10
    Phenomenal. Humane and insightful.
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    9
    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'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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