The power of film: grassroots activism in Ousmane Sembène’s Moolaadé

Bisschoff, L. (2019) The power of film: grassroots activism in Ousmane Sembène’s Moolaadé. In: Mitchell, J., Vincett, G., Hawksley, T. and Culbertson, H. (eds.) Peacebuilding and the Arts. Series: Rethinking peace and conflict studies. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 323-338. ISBN 9783030178741 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-17875-8_16)

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In “The Power of Film: Grassroots Activism in Ousmane Sembène’s Moolaadé”, Bisschoff analyses how the acclaimed Senegalese director’s groundbreaking 2004 film Moolaadé reveals in a nuanced and narrative fashion the violence of female genital mutilation (FGM). For Bisschoff, this film has considerable educational power. Through memorable drama, Moolaadé shows the agonizing effects of FGM, the contested nature of the practice, the tensions it provokes between generations and genders, as well as the ways in which grassroots activism can challenge violent and harmful practices, while also recognizing FGM’s cultural weight and embeddedness.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bisschoff, Dr Lizelle
Authors: Bisschoff, L.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:20 November 2019

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