Determined to support herself, Moroccan divorcee Khadija defies her conservative family and works as a wedding videographer in Casablanca. The fairytale celebrations she films provide a telling counterpoint to her own struggle.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2013
“Moroccan divorcee Khadija works as a camerawoman at weddings in Casablanca. Her mother and brother strongly disagree with her choice of occupation… They’re already ashamed enough that Khadija, the mother of an 11-year-old son, is living back at home. But Khadija is the breadwinner in the family and she won’t back down. She’s sometimes out for several days in a row at parties and weddings, working until early morning. Although a working woman is a taboo in this conservative section of Moroccan society, the demand for female camera operators is big, because families prefer having a woman film their daughters… The fairytale world of the average wedding party is a sharp contrast to the reality of divorces and forced marriages. But traditional values are under pressure even in Morocco, with women like Khadija demanding freedom and independence, while also wanting to honor the wishes of their families. Together with her best friend Bouchra, also a divorcee, Khadija talks candidly about the other side of marriage.” — International Documentary Festival Amsterdam