Labor Goes to the Movies, "Moolade"

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March 15, 2013 - 6:00pm

Moolade(Senegal, Sembene, 2004)

The final film of the acclaimed Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, Moolaadé depicts the conflict in a village in Burkina Faso over the growing resistance to female genital mutilation. Collé, the second and favored wife of an absent husband, has managed to prevent her daughter Amasatou from being subjected to the horrific cutting ritual. When four young girls scheduled for excision escape and arrive at Collé’s house seeking protection, she invokes the magical protection of mooladé, symbolized by a yarn rope tied across the doorstep, and the women who perform the ritual will not cross this barrier. The husband returns and pressures Collé to revoke her protection, but the women of the village support her, and the conflict escalates from words and spells to force. The film was awarded the prize Un Certain Regard at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Doors open at 6pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light food and drink provided.

(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Contesting Islamophobia. Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2012-13 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)

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