Rosa Rogers
Rosa Rogers

Casablanca Calling

Casablanca Calling is the story of a quiet social revolution in Morocco. In 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 film 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 true 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.

The film is an intimate portrait of three Morchidat, a society in transition, and a mission to educate a nation.

Film's website

Team Partner
Hilary Durman, producer
Producer / Production Details
Redbird in co-production with ITVS, Al Jazeera Documentaries, Cocottes Minute
Supported by MEDIA, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme, Hartley Film Foundation, WorldView, Good Pitch, Fact (French-American Charitable Trust)
Distributed by Women Make Movies
Top Awards/Festivals
DOK Leipzig
One World Human Rights F.F.
East End F.F.

Broadcast on Al Jazeera, 2M, PBS WORLD, France TV

United Kingdom
Training Programme
Masterschool 2008