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Feb. 16: The Film Moolaadé and female circumcision

Moolaadé is considered one of the best African films ever, and is one of the strongest indictments of the treatment of women in traditional society

When: Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm

Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art, DeBoest Lecture Hall

Moolaadé was the 2004 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize winner. This haunting and powerful film focuses on four young women who escape ritual genital mutilation in Burkina Faso by seeking refuge in the home of a local rebel woman. The small village is sent into turmoil as the women seeking asylum struggle against tradition. Regarded as a founding father of African cinema, director Ousmane Sembène is known for his portrayal of women’s issues in contemporary Africa.

Check out some of the reviews from Cannes. For an overview of the movie, this German review is pretty good. Sounds like this is an important movie to see.

If you like this film, you'll want to see "Daughters of Keltoum" at the IMA February 23. The International Film Festival April 26 to May 4 will have many African films.

For more on the problems facing Africa, attend the talk about child soldiers by Laura Engelbrecht March 15. You can get an idea of what powerful policymakers think at the talks by Richard Lugar February 19 and Randall Tobias May 15.

For an idea of what we here in Central Indiana can do about these problems, you could attend the talk by activist Salih Booker February 15, or attend the Citizens Diplomacy Summit April 3.

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