Maverick Senegalese film director Ousmane Sembène, who’s first feature film, the very La Nouvelle Vague, La Noire de… (The Black Girl Of…, 1966 in French) was as Wiki says; “It is often considered the first Sub-Saharan African film by an African filmmaker to receive international attention.” and is considered to be the first feature film released by an African director, made a classic called Xala (1975 in Wolof & French) which was based on his novel and after some years made this film Moolaadé (2004 in Bambara & French). Moolaadé won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. The film is set in Burkina Faso and reveals the challenges of a small village by the tradition of female genital mutilation.
Ousmane Sembène passed away in 2007 at age 84 in Dakar, Senegal. In 2015 a documentary about the man considered the father of African cinema, titled Sembène! was released to tell the story of his life.
Moolaadé is set in Djerrisso. It’s cast with Fatoumata Coulibaly as the lead Collé, Salimata Traoré as her daughter Amasatou, Dominique Zeïda as Mercenaire, Théophile Sowié as Ibrahima are profoundly touching as well as the music by Boncana Naiga. Not to be missed! Given 4 stars by the late Roger Ebert.