Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, February 24, 2008

1:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

  • Film
  • Fees Apply

Ousmane Sembène (Senegal/2004)

In telling the story of one woman's resistance to the traditional practice of female genital mutilation, Sembène’s final film – quite possibly his masterpiece – offers a rich portrait of a modern African village torn between three religions: spirit worship, Islam, and free-market globalization. This movie has everything - scheming imams and heroic feminists, benevolent mercenaries and Paris-educated tribal chiefs, murder and song and dance. And in the end, incredibly, Sembène's powerful assault on a cruel religious ritual leaves you feeling elated, thanks to the story’s splendidly conceived arc, and also because of the sheer brilliance with which this master filmmaker tells his tale. (120 min.)