Femme a la Camera (Camera/Woman)Director:
Woman with a Camera follows the life of an illiterate, divorced woman determined to work as wedding videographer in Casablanca despite overwhelming resistance from her family and the society around her. It is a world of great beauty and sweet dreams in the videos that Khadija’s films, but in reality the weddings are an expression of the struggles women face in contemporary Morocco to combat exclusion and oppression and somehow move beyond them.
Woman with a Camera follows the life of an illiterate, religiously-conservative woman determined to work as wedding videographer in Casablanca despite overwhelming resistance from her family and the society around her.
Arab women, especially in Morocco, live in a society ruled by men, where the legitimate desire of each woman to explore and be independent, is often threatened by tradition as well as a very conservative interpretation of Islam. Paradoxically, because of the recent surge in conservatism, female wedding videographers are more in demand than ever because families are more and more concerned about who films their daughters and how.
The film will follow how being a wedding videographer is changing the life of Khadija Harrad, a single, divorced woman, whose family wants her to remarry and stop working. The increasing conservatism of some Moroccan families has enabled this woman to gain a level of independence otherwise unthinkable outside of her home. The film will show how the camera plays a liberating role, all the while placing this woman in a daily struggle over women’s position in Moroccan society.
The independence that she experiences is relative. Khadija Harrad, is a part of the new generation of young, divorced women in Morocco. Mother of an 11 year old, she faces daily harassment from her parents and her brother, who are all ashamed that she is divorced. Her brother wants her to stop her work as a wedding videographer, despite the fact she earns the most money in the family, because the work requires her to come home late at night. He doesn’t want her behavior ruining his reputation in the neighborhood. Her mother wants her to remarry as soon as possible, because she is concerned about the chances of Harrad’s younger sister ever marrying when she has a divorced older sister.
As the wedding season in Casablanca unfolds, Woman with a Camera will follow Khadija as she moves back and forth from her conflictual home life to the hopeful, fantasy world of the wedding days she films. It is a world of great beauty and sweet dreams in the videos she films, but in reality the weddings are an expression of the struggles women face in contemporary Morocco to combat exclusion and oppression and somehow move beyond them.
About the director
Karima Zoubir winner of 'Tamkeen', Grant for Best Arab Doc Project at Dox Box Pitching Forum in March 2011 on behalf of her project of long documentary, Woman With a Camera.
Karima has been working as a freelance documentary filmmaker and script girl since graduating with excellent distinction in 2005 from the Department of Audiovisual, College of Literature and Humans Sciences in Casablanca.
Karima also participated in many workshops and masters class in filmmaking.
Name: Karima Zoubir
Email address: Karima_zoubir@yahoo.fr