Ousmane SembÃ¨ne, most famously known for his African films (his most recent and, perhaps, well-known being 2004’s MoolaadÃ©)Â died at his home in Dakar today. If you haven’t seen it, MoolaadÃ© is the story of a woman who decides to shield a group of girls from being circumcised. “MoolaadÃ©” is the magical protection she offers them. As long as they remain on her compound, behind a colored rope that she fixes to the front of her house, nobody dares step beyond that rope to collect the girls.
Ousmane SembÃ¨ne, 2005
SembÃ¨ne is also the author of God’s Bits of Wood, a story of collective action against oppression during a railroad strike on the Dakar-Niger railway line.