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Camera/Woman
A film by Karima Zoubir
Morocco, 2012, 59 minutes, Color, DVD, Arabic, Subtitled
Order No. W131100
Working as a videographer at weddings in Casablanca, Khadija Harrad is part of the new generation of young, divorced Moroccan women seeking to realize their desires for freedom and independence while honoring their families' wishes. Mother of an 11-year-old son and primary breadwinner for her parents and siblings as well, she navigates daily between the elaborate fantasy world of the parties she films and harassment from her traditionally conservative family, which disapproves of her occupation and wants her only to remarry. CAMERA/WOMAN, shot in vérité style, follows Khadija on the job, at home, and with supportive women friends who are divorced and share similar experiences. As it unveils the issues that confront working-class Muslim women in societies now undergoing profound change, this arresting film reveals that for Khadija, unbowed in the face of overwhelming odds, the camera becomes a liberating force.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS


International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), WorldView Award
International Documentary Festival in Agadir, Human Rights Award
Cinemed, Ulysses Award for Best Documentary
Jean Rouch International Film Festival of Ethnographic Cinema, First Appearance (Premier Film)

  • NY/London Human Rights Watch Film Festivals
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival

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QUOTES

    “Moving and amazing....Camera/Woman is shot in a strikingly intimate style...These are women desperate to provide for their families whose brains cannot collude in the fiction that they can’t do anything, just because they’re women.”
    Nisha Lilia Diu
    The Telegraph, UK

    “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.”
    Brit Doc

    "Zoubir masters this film by breaking the fourth wall and allowing us to delve into the intricacies of Khadija's life..."
    Fariha Roisin
    Indiewire

    "Zoubir’s exploratory documentary pays homage to the strength of Moroccan women who are forging a space for themselves in their society, despite everyone’s condemnation."
    Wided Khadraoui
    Al Jadid

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