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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

In Morocco, as in many Muslim countries, children born out of wedlock are often shunned by wider society, along with their parents, and refused access to education and healthcare. In this nuts-and-bolts documentary, filmmaker Deborah Perkin meets the women of Association Solidarité Féminine, a charity in Casablanca devoted to gaining legal rights for mothers and their children.

Granted unprecedented access to the Moroccan court system, Perkin follows the journey of Rabha El Haimer, a woman sold into a semi-legal traditional marriage at the age of 14 who is now fighting to get recognition for her six-year-old daughter. It’s a straightforward story simply but powerfully told, as Rabha confronts the man who raped and beat her as a child, producing a string of likeably shambolic witnesses to back up her distressing account. There’s a lingering sense that Perkin doesn’t quite get to the dark heart of the matter – it would have been good to see her giving the traditionalists a voice, and a rope with which to hang themselves – but this is timely, unfussy and effective filmmaking.

Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Rated:12A
  • Release date:Friday 11 July 2014
  • Duration:83 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Deborah Perkin
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