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Moolaadé Review


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Growing up in America, a self-proclaimed melting pot, there is always an enormous mix of cultural customs visible on the streets every day. But one custom that has not made it to our shores and seems extremely inhumane is that of female circumcision.

81-year-old writer-director-author Ousmane Sembene has been a provocative force for social change in his native Africa for over 50 years. Though most of his films do not get distributed on U.S. soil, they are a solid reminder of human rights issues that still need to be addressed. With his latest, Moolaadé, he gracefully illustrates the organizing of mothers in a small rural community to keep their daughters from being "purified".

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