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W&L to Show “Moolaadé” as Part of Human Rights in Africa Film Series

— by on February 17th, 2016

“Moolaadé,” the 2004 film depicting the controversial issue of female circumcision, will be shown Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Washington and Lee University’s Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons.

The movie is being presented by W&L’s Center for International Education with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is the third in a series of African films as part of the university’s 2015-2016 Seminar on Human Rights in Africa.

Admission is free and open to the public. A 30-minute discussion will follow the screening. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The movie is unrated and 124 minutes.

Directed by Senegalese writer and director Ousbane Sembène, “Moolaadé” argues strongly against the practice of female circumcision. It is a common practice in a number of African countries from Egypt to Nigeria.