Senegal/2004/120mins/subtitles/15. Dir: Ousmane Sembène. With: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré.
Colle Gallo Ardo Sy, a circumcised woman, has managed to help her only daughter escape from the ritual of ‘purification’ organised every seven years. Now that the next ritual is about to happen, four young girls have fled from the village to escape from excision. A moving and life-affirming film with the power to change long-held attitudes, a film regarded as Sembène’s masterpiece, made when he was already 81 years old.