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What: “Films in Person” films series featuring Moolaadé. This event is free and open to the public.
When: 6 p.m., Friday, November 1, 2013.
Where: Fine Arts Library (DFA 3.200), The University of Texas at Austin.
Background: The Fine Arts Library is introducing a faculty-curated film series with a Senegalese feature about the horrific practice of female circumcision in sub-Saharan African countries.
Moolaadé (2004)— which was written and directed by Ousmane Sembene — follows a village woman, Collé, who uses “moolaadé” — magical protection — in defense of a group of girls, including her daughter Amasatou who are to undergo the rite of passage. Collé must stand up to the village elders who see the ritual as a means of purification.
Dr. Fehintola Mosadomi, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and of African and African Diaspora Studies, will introduce the film and field questions from the audience following the film.
A reception with refreshments will precede the screening at 5:30 to 6:00 PM
The film series highlights the expansive audio-visual collection at the Fine Arts Library — including its new online streaming service, now available for teaching — which faculty like Dr. Mosadomi use in their classes.