Moolaadé

Senegal/France/Burkina Faso/Cameroon/Marocco/Tunisia

In an African village, women stand up against the excision of young girls.

In a Senegalese village, Collé Ardo refuses to accept that her only daughter should be excised, a ritual she deems barbaric. The news spreads throughout the country, and four young girls seek asylum, the "Moolaadé," from Collé Ardo. In the village, proponents of tradition and modernity clash.

Cast

Fatoumata Coulibaly (Collé Ardo Gallo Sy), Maïmouna Hélène Diarra (Hadjatou), Salimata Traoré (Amsatou), Aminata Dao (Alima Bâ), Dominique T. Zeida (The mercenary), Mah Compaoré (The dean of excisers), Rasmane Ouedraogo (Ciré Bathily), Ousmane Konaté (Amath Bathily), Bakaramoto Sanogo (Abdou), Modibo Sangaré (Balla Bathily), Joseph Traoré (Dugutigi), Théophile Moussa Sowié (Ibrahima), Habib Dembélé (The sexton), Gustave Sorgho (Bakary), Cheick Oumar Maiga (Kémo Tiékura), Sory Ibrahima Koita (Kémo Ansumana), Aly Sanon (Konaté), Moussa Sanogo (Konaté fils), Naky Sy Savané (Sanata), Stéphanie Nikiema (Mah), Marie Augustine Yameogo, Mabintou Baro, Tata Konaté, Fatoumata Sanogo, Madjara Konaté, Fatoumata Konaté, Fatoumata Sanou (Nafissatou), Mamissa Sanogo (Oumy), Mariama Souabo (Jaatu), Lala Drabo (Saaiba), Georgette Paré (Niassi), Assita Soura (Seymabou), Alimatou Traoré (Binetou), Edith Nana Kaboré (Ibatou), Maminata Sanogo (Coumba), Sanata Sanogo (The queen mother), Mafirma Sanogo (Fify)

Awards

Cannes Film Festival 2004 : Grand Prize "Un Certain Regard"
Chicago Film Festival 2004 : Special Prize

  • Directing / Screenplay

    Sembene Ousmane

  • Assistant director

    Clarence Thomas Delgado et Dominique ZeĂŻda

  • Photography

    Dominique Gentil

  • Original Score

    Boncana MaĂŻga

  • Editing

    Abdellatif RaĂŻs

  • Production companies

    Filmi Doomireew Production (Dakar), Ciné-Sud Promotion (Paris), DCN - Direction de la Cinématographie Nationale (Ouagadougou), CCM - Centre Cinématographique Marocain (Rabat), Cinétéléfilms (Tunis), Les Films Terre Africaine

  • Technical information

    120 minutes - 1.85 - 35mm - Couleur - Dolby Digital

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