Film: documentary on a 'revolutionary' Moroccan woman

The Threshold of the Desert screened in EU Parliament

03 October, 13:32

    Film: documentary on a 'revolutionary' Moroccan woman Film: documentary on a 'revolutionary' Moroccan woman

    (ANSAmed)- BRUSSELS - A documentary on women's empowerment in Morocco had its premiere in Brussels Wednesday at the European Parliament. The film was selected for the Cannes Film Festival and was funded by the Spanish agency for international cooperation, the UN and ACAM APIP. The film focuses on the life of the 36-year-old Najat Aziz from the Errachidia province, where only 15% of women work outside of their homes. ''Revolutionary'' in her own way, she managed to go to university and attend IT, business management, and training courses. She then set up her own business: a center for pre-school instruction that now teaches 50 children. Najat attended the Brussels screening, alongside the director, Spaniard Ramon Vila from Vision Films. The initial catalyst for the success of this woman entrepreneur in an extremely poor area of Morocco - where until recently girls were married off at age 14 - was a man.

    ''My father is illiterate but knew educated people and wanted his daughters to get their diplomas and a job,''Najat said, noting that she had to struggle instead against her mother, who wanted to keep her at home. As a result, at 7:30 in the morning Najat had to do all the housework before going to school and then to work at the market after school. Najat wears an Islamic headscarf - like all other women in her community - and got her university degree in Islamic studies in a university 45 kilometres from her home, but said that religion is an advantage for her. ''Our religion is Islam, which puts a higher value on women and gives us the strength to have more,'' said the protagonist of the film, who fought hard for her success and hopes that her work will enable her to provide more future opportunities for other girls - even if there is still a wide wage gap between men and women who do the same job. ''It doesn't make any sense for educated women to stay at home. They can improve their lives,'' she said. Najat worked in many different jobs to pay for her activities until NGOs began to provide free books and smocks to her pupils. ''I wanted to start this project to save children from a difficult situation in which their parents prefer to keep them in the streets rather than send them to school. I had to knock on the parents' doors and hold meetings to persuade them,'' Najat said, who at this point in her life is looking to get married. ''When I get married, if God wills it, I want my husband to allow me to work outside the home. Otherwise he will have to pay all the expenses,'' she laughs in the film. (ANSAmed).

    © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved

    Business opportunities

    The information system of business
    opportunities abroad

    News from Mediterranean