Casablanca Calling

Activism/people power, Education & young people, Gender & LGBT issues
Region/Country Focus
| Morocco
Rosa Rogers | 2014 | 69 min | Arabic (English subtitles)


In Morocco, a country where over 60% of women have never been to school, a new generation of women have started work as official Muslim leaders. They are called Morchidat or spiritual guides.

The profound story of a quiet social revolution in Morocco, Casablanca Calling follows three Morchidat – Hannane, Bouchra and Karima – as they set out to change their country, starting at street level. The Morchidat have a mission: to teach an Islam based on compassion, tolerance and equality, and to separate its original teachings from prejudice, misinterpretation and misunderstanding. Their work takes them into mosques, schools, homes, orphanages, prisons, and out in the countryside. They support the education of women and girls’; campaign against early marriage; and encourage young people to build a better Morocco, rather than dreaming of life in the West.

An intimate portrait of three female leaders, a society in transition, and a mission to educate a nation.

Our Take


The three central characters and many of the women they encounter are strong, inspiring and determined. The film as a whole offers a really positive insight into the possibilities for positive change for women in Morocco


Offers a completely different perspective on the notion of muslim religious leaders; tackles key issues (esp. the role of women in perpetuating traditions such as early marriage) in a sensitive, respectful way.

Age Advice
Suitable for 12+ years

Guidance for parents, teachers, youth workers
A section of the film deals with the suicide of a schoolgirl, but there is no violence on camera and the whole sequence highlights the need for the girls (all young teenagers) to address what happened