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Camera/Woman

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.
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Main credits

Zubayr, Kar̄imah (film director)
Zubayr, Kar̄imah (film producer)
Harrad, Khadija (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Cinematographer, Gris Jordana; editor, Sofia Escudé Poulenc; music composed and performed by Naissam Jalal.


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Distributor subjects

Arab, Family Relations, Islamic Studies, Labor Studies

Keywords

Family issues, Islam, Traditional values, womanhood; "Camera/Woman"; Women Make Movies