The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Moolaadé, a Film about Female Circumcision

Nov 8, 2010

A village woman puts her daughter and other girls trying to avoid circumcision under “Moolaadé”, a word in the Bambara language in West Africa meaning magical protection. The women know that circumcision is brutal, and many victims of it can only give birth through Caesarean section.

This was the last film of Ousmane Sembene, Africa’s most famous film maker. He made it to campaign against this horrible attack on women, and brought it around Senegal so its message would be widely seen.

It is available from Netflix and some libraries. It is in the original African language, but the English subtitles are easy to read.