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ReelEarth: Hope in Marrakech

Posted on 10/30/2018 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Thirty-year old Hasna Merri lives outside Marrakech with her two young children. She is motivated to find good work, but the stigma of divorce has prevented her from building a career. This is a common reality for many women in Morocco. Recently she began training at Amal, a vocational center where these women can learn new skills, language, and the inter-cultural sensibility required to be successful in Morocco’s hospitality sector. In this short film by filmmakers Izabela Cardosa and Fernando Teixeria, we witness Hasna learn more than the art of cooking and hospitality. Her accomplishments build. She gains a new sense of self-confidence and capacity. I see this film as a true insider look at how both a single –woman—and the greater society she is a part of—have an opportunity to move beyond disabling stereotypes. Watch it!

Produced by Izabela Cardoso and Fernando Teixeira

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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