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Tradition, Religion, Rites – a film discussion on Moolaadé (open to public)

What Moolaadé, directed by acclaimed Senegalese filmmaker and activist Ousmane Sembène, is a rousing polemic directed against the still common African practice of female genital cutting. Various excerpts from the film will be screened before a short presentation by each of the speakers on the intersection of religion, tradition, culture and gender to contextualise issues presented in the film, followed by an open discussion of the film.
When 17 June 2006 (Saturday), 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Where The Substation Guinness Theatre
Admission

Free admission but seats are limited; please register by sending your name and contact number to moolaade@sfs.org.sg

 

Singapore Film Society; UNIFEM National Committee, Singapore; and The Substation present

 

Tradition, Religion, Rites – a film discussion on Moolaadé

Film – Excerpts from Moolaadé (Bambara/French with English Subtitles)

Moderated by – Ms Melissa Kwee

Speakers – Zainuddin Ismail (on Islam), Ng Wei Meng (on Buddhism), Pastor Victor Pandian (on Christianity), Dr Uma Rajan (on Hinduism)

Entry – Free but donations welcomed

Moolaadé, directed by acclaimed Senegalese filmmaker and activist Ousmane Sembène, is a rousing polemic directed against the still common African practice of female genital cutting. Set in a small African village, four young girls (aged 9) facing ritual "purification" flee to the household of Collé Ardo Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from mutilation. Collé invokes the time-honoured custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing standoff pits Collé against village traditionalists (both male and female) and endangers the prospective marriage of her daughter to the heir-apparent to the tribal throne. Constructed on the tension between two ancient traditions: female circumcision and the equally powerful traditional right to protect the weak from the strong (called moolaadé), this film is the conclusion to veteran Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène’s trilogy focussing on the “awakening and daily heroism of African women at the beginning of the new century.”

Various excerpts from the film will be screened before a short presentation by each of the speakers on the intersection of religion, tradition, culture and gender to contextualise issues presented in the film, followed by an open discussion of the film.

This event is open to all, including those who have watched the full screening of Moolaadé in March, as well as those who will only be watching the excerpts we’ll be screening on the day itself.

Light refreshments will be provided.

We hope to see you there.