Immigration / 1h 6m / Feature / Documentary
20-year-old Marème gives an intimate view of what it’s like to work as a hairdresser and beautician on the streets of Casablanca. She is one of many Senegalese women battling to survive in a contrastingly exuberant and xenophobic society, torn between staying in Morocco, and going to Europe to support families back home. Filmmaker Raja Saddiki was inspired by her questions about how Senegalese women working in North African souks were treated. Her clean-cut framing and discreet composition provides an inquisitive exploration of the problems of race and gender between different African cultures. Aji-Bi adds an interesting contribution to the overall programme as it opens a discussion about issues of race within Africa, from a female point of view.
Directed by Raja Saddiki