Still Ready

(A Video based upon Alison Baker's Voices of Resistance)

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In the last stages of the Moroccan independence movement, from 1953 to 1956, Moroccans launched an armed resistance, a network of secret cells in cities all over Morocco, which targeted Moroccans who were collaborating with the French. Women played vital roles in the resistance, transporting arms and messages, but today these women are largely unknown, even in Morocco. Who were the women from the resistance? What did they do? Where are they now? And what is their legacy to young Moroccan women today?

Ghalia MoujahideThe film takes us inside the homes and lives of three women from the Moroccan resistance, during a day in Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. In Rabat, we meet Ghalia Moujahide, proud of her heritage as a member of the Ait Ba'amran, a Berber tribe known for its courage in fighting against Spanish colonialism in the Sahara, and even now "still ready" for any new challenge.

Saadia BouhaddouSaadia Bouhaddou, in Casablanca, was married at the age of ten, had her first child when she was just twelve, and then went off to join a resistance cell without the knowledge or permission of either her parents or her husband. Now she's "the boss" of an extended family and a café.

Rabiaa TaibiRabiaa Taibi, in Oujda, just across the border from Algeria, ran arms between Oujda and Casablanca and set off a bomb in a French cinema, then was put in prison and escaped to Spain. After Moroccan independence she participated in the Algerian resistance, giving blood and sheltering wounded partisans, until Algeria finally also won its independence in 1962. Rabiaa has recently adopted a young girl, and is sending her to school to get the education that she herself was denied.

Viewer Comments

Still Ready was well received at a first screening at the New York University Kevorkian Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Some audience comments:

"Very compelling. I loved the specific stories from all three women. Seeing the women brought a richness to the words."
"It's an excellent idea to present films showing Arab/Muslim women in strong, important roles. Although I was very much aware of the role of women in the Algerian struggle for independence, I had not heard about Moroccan women's roles. I hope the film will get a wide viewing. The women were wonderful, and it's important that their voices be heard."
"I sometimes use Leila Abouzeid's Year of the Elephant in my classroom, and this film would be wonderful to show to my students."

Produced by Alison Baker
Directed by Hakim Belabbes
Music by Hassan Hakmoun
Running Time Approximately 1 hour


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