October 21, 2017
Adult audiences only
Join National Museum of African Art for a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film Moolaadé (Burkina Faso, 120 min., French and Bambara with English subtitles). From famed Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene (often called “the father of African film”) Moolaadé follows the story of Collé, a brave mother who refuses to allow her daughter to undergo female genital cutting. By standing against local tradition, Collé ignites a cultural upheaval in their small village.
Then, stay for light refreshments and a candid conversation with the museum’s head of education and scholarly initiatives Lanisa Kitchiner, educator and activist Kakenya Ntaiya, and president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities Lynn Pasquerella. We will explore the experiences of girls, cultural norms and defenses, universal human rights, and what this film can teach us about our present moment in the United States. In a society that values diversity and pluralism, can and should parental rights be limited with respect to religious practice and cultural norms?
Moolaadé is presented as part of the museum’s Africa in Reel Time series. Join us every month for a screening and discussion! Visit here for a full list of upcoming films.
Free and open to the public.