True-life “witch villages,” where outcast women are forced to hide after being expelled from their homes, form the basis of this feminist cry against superstition and injustice, comparable in content and focused righteousness to the acclaimed Moolaadé. Based on a true story, Delwende follows a daughter's effort to obtain justice for her mother, accused of witchcraft after a meningitis outbreak kills several young children. Chased out of town, the mother seeks refuge in a shelter for women similarly accused; but few have a secret as dark as the one she hides. “A fine example of issue-based African cinema” (Variety), Delwende gains further strength from its documentary-like glimpses into modern life in Burkina Faso; in fact, the film was inspired by the director's earlier television news report on the “witch shelter” phenomenon.

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