Some Woman of Marrakech

Transmission date 1976


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Some Women of Marrakech

Transmission date: Jan 1977

On the western edge of the Islamic world is the city of Marrakech in Morocco. The film is about the position of women in this male-dominated society in which the system of purdah (where women are kept in isolation and have to cover themselves in public) has been strictly observed. The film demonstrates how women cope with their subordination by holding parties and devotional meetings. However, it also becomes clear that even at the time the film was made, Morocco was changing.

Ties between a woman and her father’s family remain strong until marriage. The father is responsible for the economic welfare of his children, the system of seclusion making it impossible for a woman to take on this duty. When she marries, a girl enters her husband’s family. This important transition is marked by a great wedding ritual. Songs here are wedding songs sung to the accompaniment of a violin and drums.

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