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  • Bouchra meets Rachida, a local woman who works in the field and her friend who needs advice on her daughter's unhappy marriage.

    Bouchra meets Rachida, a local woman who works in the field and her friend who needs advice on her daughter's unhappy marriage.

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  • A young girl takes a lead in a demonstration about rights in Morocco.

    A young girl takes a lead in a demonstration about rights in Morocco.

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  • Hannane visits a school to give advice to students.

    Hannane visits a school to give advice to students.

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  • Two boys outside a Casablanca mosque.

    Two boys outside a Casablanca mosque.

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  • Portrait of one of the Morchidat in Casablanca Calling.

    Portrait of one of the Morchidat in Casablanca Calling.

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  • Headshot of Director Rosa Rogers with camera.

    Headshot of Director Rosa Rogers with camera.

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The Film

In Morocco, women are being employed as religious leaders — called Morchidat — for the first time, offering advice and guidance in mosques, schools, prisons, and orphanages around the country. The Islam they teach is based on tolerance, compassion and equality.

Casablanca Calling follows three exceptional women: Karima is witty, mischievous, and outgoing; Bouchra is powerhouse of energy working in the North; Hannane is a poetic soul — warm, wise, and compassionate, who wants to change people’s perceptions of the true teachings of Islam — including non-Muslims's conception of religious guides as "scary men with beards."

In the mosques, the Morchidat offer advice on everything from marital relationships, to bringing up children, work, money, and neighborhood disputes. They mentor teenagers in schools and fight against early marriage. They go into orphanages to offer comfort and guidance to children whose parents can’t afford to keep them. And they visit prisons to counsel the most vulnerable prisoners, and mediate between the inmates and their estranged families.

The Filmmakers

  1. Rosa RogersDirector
  2. Hilary DurmanProducer
  3. Merieme AddouAssociate Producer