osumane sembene

Moolaade (2004)

The last film of African filmmaker Osumane Sembene is a sensitive, visually lush drama about a small Senegalese town that comes under conflict when a group of young girls refuse to be circumcised. Sembene doesn’t flinch in the face of the content, but he also doesn’t hit the viewer over the head with any messages. The focus here is on the human drama, and often the light comedic moments. One of the best films of the past decade.