Running Time: 124 min.
Release Date: March 11, 2005
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In a small African village, four young girls who face ritual "purification" flee to the household of Collé Ardo, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage daughter from mutilation.
Collé invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé (sanctuary) to protect the fugitives, and tension mounts as the ensuing stand-off 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.
Screenplay: Ousmane Sembene