Casablanca Calling is the story of a quiet social revolution in Morocco. In a country where 60% of women have never been to school, a new generation of women have started work as official Muslim leaders or Morchidat.
The Morchidat work in the poorest communities to separate the true teachings of Islam from prejudice and misunderstanding; support girls’ education; campaign against early marriage; and encourage young people to build a better Morocco, rather than dreaming of life in the West.
Casablanca Calling is an intimate portrait of three Morchidat, a society in transition, and a mission to educate a nation.
Watch an exclusive excerpt
In this short excerpt, we meet Hannane who works with older women in the mosque and with teenagers in schools to prevent early marriages, and Bouchra, a Morchidat who works in a rural area where many girls are married off early and miss out on school.
Casablanca Calling is a Redbird Production. To purchase the film, go to JourneyMan Pictures or Women Make Movies (USA and Canada only). For information and advice on organising screenings, please get in touch with Hilary Durman at Redbird Production.
In the time it has taken to read this article 12 girls under the age of 18 have been married
Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18
That is 23 girls every minute
Nearly 1 every 3 seconds