The film is a parable about the tradition of genital mutilation of young girls in Africa as well as the courageous battle of young women against the current use of this ritual. Four girls who refuse to subject themselves to the practice seek protection with a strong-willed woman who protected her own daughter from genital mutilation. When other inhabitants of the village and their relatives want to force her to hand over the girls, she invokes the time-honoured practice of "Moolaadé", which offers inviolable shelter and refuge. Even when the marriage of her own daughter is endangered by her courageous conduct, she sticks to her position.

World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2004, Official Programme

Theatrical release in Germany
May 11, 2006

Awards (selection)
Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2004
Jury Award, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival 2005
Best Foreign Language Film, National Society of Film Critics, USA, 2005

Rights sold to
Austria, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, USA

Festivals (selection)
Cannes International Film Festival 2004
Toronto International Film Festival 2004
Telluride Film Festival 2004
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2005
Pusan International Film Festival 2004
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2005
Chicago International Film Festival 2004
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2005
London Film Festival 2004
La Rochelle Film Festival 2004
Brussels Cinédécouvertes Film Festival 2004
Paris Quinzaine du Cinéma Francophone 2004
New York Film Festival 2004
Milwaukee International Film Festival 2004
Amiens International Film Festival 2004
Marrakech International Film Festival 2004
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2005
Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival 2005

Senegal 2004
Director: Ousmane Sembene
Producers: Filmi Domireew (Senegal), Cine-Sud (France)
German distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih
World Sales: Wide Management (France)

Funded in the WCF jury session in February 2006
Funding amount: 15,000 €