City of Asylum (2017)

Sembène – The Film & Art Festival Presents


Thursday, June 1st
7:00 pm

Moolaadé – the final film of Ousmane Sembène, after whom this film festival is named – is at once a passionately critical look at an African practice of female genital mutilation (practiced in more than 38 countries) and a tribute to everyday heroism of African women and men against the tremendous internal problems facing modern day, post-colonial Africa.


In a small village, 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 by invoking the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary). Though the subject matter may seem weighty, the film maintains a buoyant hopefulness through its depiction of vibrant village life laden with mythic overtones and spirited song.

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