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Ousmane Sembène Burkina Faso, 2004

Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Moolaadé

Powerful, but restrained. This is the first African film I've seen, and I was amazed. Sembene, as others have noted, has such a light touch. He avoids making sweeping judgements and allows every character to be complex and time to develop into someone fully fleshed. Visually, this is an overwhelming film. The choice of shots, use of colors, architecture, and camera movements are all so carefully planned. Stunning.