(A Video based upon Alison Baker's Voices of Resistance)
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
|The 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
Saadia 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 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.
Still Ready was well received at a first screening at the New York
University Kevorkian Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Some audience
"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