The new documentary ‘Jewels of grief’ too German ‘jewels of mourning’ the german Moroccan Director Mohamed Nabil addresses the issue of unmarried mothers in Morocco. For years, more and more women children outside of marriage give birth in Morocco. The so-called unmarried mothers”are discriminated against but, because your child is the irrefutable proof of sexual intercourse outside of marriage, which is illegal according to article 490 of the Moroccan Penal Code. Even if this article is not more so rigorously applied in the last few years, the Moroccan society by the acceptance of unmarried mothers is still far away. An illegitimate child is seen as a violation of law and religion but also against the morals and good manners, and the mother who is always visible in contrast to his father, strongly discriminated against in daily life.
In addition to the social ostracism, many women are violated by her family. Because they have to expect no help from the State, they end up often in poverty, crime or in prostitution. The stories of the women are very different. Often, a lack of education and sexual education plays a role. As in Morocco even today many young women are very poorly educated or even illiterate, they are mostly ignorant of prevention and are so faster unintentionally pregnant. In addition, there are cases of abuse, rape, false promises of marriage and the taboo of sexuality generally.
Also, the marriage age is rapidly grown due to the difficult economic situation of the country (high unemployment and rising cost of living). Many young people cannot afford simply a marriage. Charity trying to catch unmarried mothers and to allow them to start off in an independent, self-determined life. By the State and civil society remains much more to do, because a change in mentality is not to enforce the law. “The documentary film jewels of sorrow” gives an example the biographies of two unmarried mothers in Morocco. Nezha is raised on the land and has no access to education. She is still a minor when she becomes pregnant by the relationship to a neighbor boy, promising her marriage. But then she is left sitting and ostracized by the family and the environment. You flee in the capital and seeks help from women’s organizations. Despite all the efforts she can’t, to organize a living for themselves and their child, so she have to give up her son. The second story shows the life of Nadia, who is actually from an home. As a teenager, she rebelled against the ideas of their home and then thrown out of the House. As a woman alone on the street, she has no chance to cope, so she takes refuge to her boyfriend. A short time later she becomes pregnant by him, and he doesn’t get along with this situation. So it lands back on the road, this time with child. The descent begins with alcohol and drug use and ends in prostitution. Today, Nadia has three illegitimate children and sees no way out of their situation. The situation in Morocco is complex and not easy to understand. In the film, even experts come to Word that explain why despite reforms of family law unmarried mothers still always are not accepted and suffer discrimination. The 2013 completed documentary produced by Mia paradise of productions in Berlin, is 74 minutes long and originally in Arabic with English subtitles. He will be on international festivals and also television channels offered. Learn more about the movie and the trailer can be seen on the website miaparadiesproductions.weebly.com/trailer.html. Press contact: Mia paradise, Berlin,