For fear of enduring genital mutilation, a group of girls flee their own “purification” ceremony and take refuge with Collé, a woman who had spared her daughter from the same fate. Collé casts a spell to protect the girls, which causes much consternation among among the village elders. In retaliation, they confiscate all radios from the women villagers and demand that the spell be broken, but Collé nevertheless holds fast.
Director: Ousmane Sembene.
Stars: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra, Salimata Traoré, Dominique Zeïda, Mah Compaoré, Aminata Dao, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Ousmane Konaté, Bakaramoto Sanogo, Modibo Sangaré, Joseph Traoré, Théophile Sowié, Habib Dembélé, Gustave Sorgho, Cheick Oumar Maiga, Sory Ibrahima Koïta, Aly Sanon, Moussa Sanogo, Naky Sy Savane, Stéphanie Nikiema.
2004 Cannes Film Festival – Winner Un Certain Regard Award (Ousmane Sembene).
2004 Cannes Film Festival – Winner Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Special Mention.
2004 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.